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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Hello sir,
Thank you for the reply.Got some value information.

Lakshmi narayana,
India.

Hello Team, I am sorry for the inconvenience caused due to the earlier posting of mine,which has a mistake.Kindly,consider the following post.
1)London is a big city.
2)We met in London.
In the first sentence,"London" is a noun.In the second one also,I believe that "London" is a noun.But,a friend of mine told me that in second one ,since "in London" is an adverbial of place,London is an adverb,"IN" being the preposition.Kindly,clarify what part of speech is "London" in the second sentence?Also kindly clarify whether an adverbial phrase (either place or time) must contain an adverb or it does the function of an adverb?
Thanks,
Lakshmi Narayana,
India.

Hello Lakshmi Narayana,

In sentence 2, 'in London' is a prepositional phrase composed of the preposition 'in' and the noun 'London'. This prepositional phrase is also an adverbial of location, as it describes the location of the action 'we met'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
Thank you for the explanation.But,I have a doubt with regard to "an adverb" and an "an adverbial"..Are they same?I am confused with the terminology.Is it that an adverbial must contain an adverb?Kindly,explain the difference between the two?Since "in London" the adverbial of place(location),is it that one of them is an adverb?SORRY sir for asking again,I am confused.Kindly clarify..

Thank you sir,
Lakshmi Narayana,
India.

Hello Lakshmi Narayana,

Adverbial is a broad category which describes anything which functions as an adverb in the sentence. It can be a word, a phrase or a clause. An adverb is always one word. It's a similar distinction to verb (one word) and verb phrase (any word or group of words which function as a verb).

Thus, all adverbs are adverbials but only one-word adverbials are adverbs.

The phrase 'in London' is an adverbial phrase. It is made up of a preposition ('in') and a noun ('London'). It does not contain an adverb but the whole phrase has an adverbial function in the sentence, telling us where an action takes place.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Team,

What is the difference between 'in every age' and 'of every age'? Could you explain it and give some examples?

Thanks,
Kenny from Vietnam

Hi Kenny,

I would say that the phrase 'of every age' is generally used to refer to a person's age in years. The phrase 'in every age' is more often used to refer to ages of the world. There may be examples which you can find which are exceptions to this pattern but I would say it holds for most cases.

If you have any particular examples which you have come across we will be happy to comment, of course.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi... The contents in this site is the same with what I saw on this site.

Hello michael_isla,

Thank you very much for telling us about this. We'll certainly look into it further.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello
I found this sentence :
In the library and at church, Michele giggles inappropriately.
So why we use "in" for the library but "at" for the church?

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