adverbials of 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.



please i need to know what the difference between indoor, indoors and inside

Hello hamad,

You can find all of these words in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, for which there is a handy search box on the lower right side of this page. Note that 'indoor' and 'indoors' are different parts of speech (adjective vs. adverb). 'inside' is a bit more complex, as it can be used as several different parts of speech.

In terms of meaning, the first two are opposites of 'outdoor' and 'outdoors' - all of which essentially refer to being under a roof or not. 'inside' is not so specific, i.e. can be used in reference to a much wider variety of spaces.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello aarushmom,

'Past' means to go beyond, so it is possible to go 'past the bank' if 'the bank' refers to a building (where money is kept).

'Along' means to go in the same direction, following the route of a road, river or similar. You could go 'along the bank' if 'the bank' refers to the bank of a river.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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.
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. 

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