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Adverbials of place

Level: beginner

Most adverbials of place are prepositional phrases:

They are in France at present.
Come and sit next to me.

But we also use adverbs:

abroad downstairs nearby overseas
ahead here next door there
away indoors out of doors upstairs

They are abroad at present.
Come and sit here.

We use adverbials of place to describe location, direction and distance.


We use adverbials to talk about where someone or something is:

He was standing by the table.
You'll find it in the cupboard.
You'll find it inside.
Sign your name here – at the bottom of the page.
Stand here.
They used to live nearby.


We use adverbials to talk about the direction in which someone or something is moving:

Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.
It's difficult to get into the car because the door is so small.
They always go abroad for their holidays.


We use adverbials to show how far things are:

Birmingham is 250 kilometres from London.
We live in Birmingham. London is 250 kilometres away.

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Level: intermediate

We often have an adverbial of place at the end of a clause:

The door is very small, so the car is difficult to get into.
We're in Birmingham. London is 250 kilometres away.
Our house is down a muddy lane, so it's very difficult to get to.
Can I come in?

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Hi awesome team!

I am writing to ask for information about the ever word 'wherever'

For example;
You can sit wherever you want.

'Wherever' means here like the place doesn't matter.
However, I looked one of the dictionaries and it says 'wherever' is an adverb.

In contrast, the other one says it is a conjunction.

Which one do you think is right one and why?

I'd really appreciate it.
Best wishes!

Hello Nevi,

It can be one or the other depending on how it is used. The Macmillan Dictionary has a good explanation that I think should clear this up for you. 

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Teacher, I really appreciate it.
The example in my first comment,which is
'You can sit wherever you want.'
I understand -wherever- is a conjunction function.

Hello Nevi,

This sentence parser says that it's a conjunction, and, interestingly, uses the very sentence you ask about as an example.

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

It's really a helpful tip.

Hello.... Hope you will fine sir.......

. At present time they live in France.
.They live in France at present time.

Grammatically both are correct but according to adverbial 1st is correct.... Am I correct?

Hello AbuBakarkhan

You can put the phrase 'at the present time' at the beginning or end of the sentence; both are correct and the meaning is the same. Please note that the phrase is 'at the present time', not 'at present time'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I have a doubt about adverbials of place: what's the difference between "here" and "in here"? And between "there" and "in there"?

Hello Federica911

In general, 'in here' is more specific than 'here' since the preposition 'in' suggests some kind of enclosed space, for example, a house or room. 'here', on the other hand, could refer to a more open space, for example, a field or a city. The context will often determine whether one or the other is better.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Is there any grammatical term named "Adverb of Orders"? If any, discuss with examples, please.