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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Comments

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

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 solitude,

No need to apologise!

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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...'

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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