adverbials of direction

 

Direction

We also use prepositional phrases to talk about direction:

across along back  back to down into
onto out of  past through to towards

She ran out of the house.
Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.

We also use adverbs and adverb phrases for place and direction:

abroad away anywhere downstairs downwards
everywhere here indoors inside nowhere
outdoors outside somewhere there upstairs

I would love to see Paris. I’ve never been there.
The bedroom is upstairs.
It was so cold that we stayed indoors.

We often have a preposition at the end of a clause:

This is the room we have our meals in.
The car door is very small so it’s difficult to get into.
I lifted the carpet and looked underneath.

Exercise

Comments

Great exercise.
I wish there were more exercises for practice.
Thank you.

oh i have got only 60% in fact i cant Distinguishes between the differences of using all these adverbs. can you tell me about way make me understanding :) thank you.

Hello nouran!
 
This is quite a difficult exercise for most learners! Learning to tell the difference between all these adverbials takes time. Keep thinking about them, and look out for their use in things your read or hear. This will help you more than me trying to explain all of their different uses! Remember, you can use our dictionary to check the exact meaning of each of the phrases - this will help you complete the exercise.
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

sir. This exercise is very difficult to me. Two or three adverbial prepositions can be used in more than one sentence. I have so many mistakes in this chapter. I am trying. 
regards

its really difficult.......................................................

This website is very helpful. I find that the word usage between 'in' and 'on' can be very confusing. Example : I am 'in' the bus, or i am 'on' the bus ? What are the other common mistakes? Thanks.

Hello pinktulip!
 
Glad you like our website! On the bus is the correct usage. You're not alone with finding these questions difficult. This area of English - prepositions - is confusing for a lot of learners, and my students often make mistakes! I can't give you a list of common errors, but why not try doing a search on prepositions with our search box? You'll find a lot of practice there!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Iam very happy to join at British council i real like this website

I'm confused about the proper use of 'on' and 'onto'. What's the difference? Could anyone help? Thanks in advance.

Hello dharitriputra,
 
Thanks for your question. There are quite a few different uses of onto. ​Try using our  ​Cambridge Dictionaries Online ​search box on the right of this page if you are looking for a specific example.
 
As a general rule though, onto shows movement from one place to another. So grammar books would give examples like ​The cat jumped from the chair onto the table. 
 
Regards,
 
Stephen Jones
The LearnEnglish Team
 

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