We use adverbials of place to describe:

Location

We use prepositions to talk about where someone or something is.

 Examples:

  • He was standing by the table.
  • You’ll find it in the cupboard.
  • Sign your name here – at the bottom of the page.

Direction

We use adverbials to to talk about the direction where someone or something is moving.

Examples:

  • Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.
  • The car door is very small so it’s difficult to get into.

Distance

We use adverbials to show how far things are:

Examples:

  • Birmingham is 250 kilometres from London.
  • We were in London. Birmingham was 250 kilometres away.

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Am I right.We use phrase ''at school'' when we refer to the porpose for which it exist: I am at school means that I'm a pupil and study subjects.And I could be either in the building or outside the school, He teaches at school (he is a teacher) but we say ''in the school'' when think about building itself. He is in the school. (He is in the building of the school) His mother is in the school now settling the bullying scandal her son's been involved in.And we use definite article in that case.
But I don't understand clearly difference between ''in the hospital'' and ''at hospital' in the prison'' and ''at prison'' and using articles here.
One more question:
We use computers at my school.
Computers are used in many schools. Why ''at'' in sentence 1 and ''in'' sentence 2.

Hello belka30,

When used before the name of a building (e.g. 'school', 'hospital'), 'at' indicates we are thinking more of the activity that happens there than of the place itself. In the sentence 'We use computers at my school', both 'my' and 'at' indicate the speaker is a student or teacher of the school and is thinking of the work that is done with the computers more than of the physical building. As for 'Computers are used in many schools', this sentence seems to focus more on location than the activity there, although I admit it seems the opposite is probably true.

In theory, this same rule applies to buildings such as hospitals and prisons, though in practice, there is a lot of variation. People often say 'in hospital' or 'at hospital' to refer to patients there, e.g. 'My grandfather is in hospital because he fell and broke his hip'. To refer to other people, e.g. nurses or visitors, an article is usually used: 'My brother Mark works in a hospital'.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hi : everyone
I have dilemma in this sentence
Sign your name here – at the bottom of the page
1- at the bottom ( it modify the verb sign )
2- of the page( post modify of the object of the preposition the word bottom) is it true?

Hi nkmg,

In your sentence the prepositional phrase 'at the bottom' modifies the verb 'sign' and has an adverbial function. The prepositional phrase 'of the page' modifies the noun 'bottom' and has an adjectival function, as you say.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody :c
I have one question
are ( at the end of bottom ) & (to the end of) compound prepositions?

Thanks for help

thank you all mentor!

Hello,
According to Advanced Oxford Practice Grammar, above/below usually convey a sense of higher/lower point or level, which I construe as degrees, whereas over/under show the place of a thing vis-à-vis another, explained as covering or being covered by something in the book. But we say someone is over/under 20. Is it not a case of degree when we speak about age? Would you please explain it to me? Thank you in advance. Sorry for asking too many questions.
Best regards.

Hello solitude,

The meanings are not as cut and dried as you suggest. We can say 'above 20 years of age' in some contexts and 'over 20 years of age' in others. I'm afraid it doesn't come down to a clear difference in concept, but rather a preference based on common use, collocation and familiarity. I wish I could provide a more concrete answer, but not all questions have these, unfortunately.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, thank you.
Sorry for having asked such a question.

Hi solitude,

No need to apologise!

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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