adverbials of place



We use adverbials of place to describe:


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


  • He was standing by the table.
  • You’ll find it in the cupboard.
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We use adverbials to to talk about the direction where someone or something is moving.


  • 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.


We use adverbials to show how far things are:


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



Hi teachers
may I know if this sentence is correct ?
Only another two miles will take you to the next petrol station.
I just want to confirm if 'only another two hours ' can be a subject of a sentence. In the question 3 above, it is an adverbial of distance.

Hi grammar2015,

I think 'Just another...' would be a more natural option (having the sense of 'it's not far'), but there is nothing grammatically wrong with 'Only...'

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The LearnEnglish Team

Almost of the adverbial of location have the form like this:( prepositions+Noun)?
namely: in the cupboard, by the table, next to the bank...
please explain to me

Hello paeng,

Many adverbials of place have a form like this but not all. I'm afraid there is no simple rule such as that; you need to consider the meaning and function in the sentence.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there...
I had some tests and one of the question is 'I got an important letter from the bank this morning' and I had to analyze this based on sentence pattern.
my answer was I = Subject, got = verb, an important letter = complement, from the bank = modifier of place, this morning = modifier of time
am I right?

really thank you

Hi nick_axe,

I'm afraid we don't correct school or test exercises for people! If your teacher set this for you then I'm sure you'll get the answers soon.

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The LearnEnglish Team


Could you explain the difference between 'at the restaurant' and 'in the restaurant'?

Thanks in advance,

Hello Ann,

'in the restaurant' refers to physical location inside the restaurant. 'at' + a place can be used to refer not so much to the physical location so much as what happens there. In the case of a restaurant, this could be eating (as a customer), working (as an employee), etc. So, for example, if our friend Yuri works as a chef in a restaurant, you ask me where he is, and I know he's working an extra shift today, I'd say 'He's at the restaurant' because I'm thinking about his work there more than describing his location.

Hope this helps.

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The LearnEnglish Team

My name Linh, pleases explan about differences between adjective and adverb, some adjectives are same form in adverbs, exemple: fast, hard, left, outside, right... especially in a case, i don't really understand meaning of this sentence?

Hello Linh,

Most adjectives and adverbs have different forms. For example:

I have a quick car. ['quick' = an adjective]

I drive my car quickly. ['quickly' = an adverb]

However, you are correct that some have the same form. For example:

I have a fast car. ['fast' = an adjective]

I drive my car fast. ['fast' = an adverb]

I hope those examples help to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team