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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 Ataur Rahman,

I'm not familiar with that term. Does it perhaps refer to the order of adverbs when there are more than one? Please provide an example or more specific information. You could also do a web search on your own to find different possibilities. I'm sure you can find some explanations out there as well.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i'm confused with this sentence (i ate at a table) because i used always to write on before the word table, but sometimes i came across with sentence with the preposition at before the word table , i don't know what it makes that sentence correct if it is really ?

Hello Abdel El,

'on a table' means on top of the table, whereas 'at the table' means sitting next to the table. It is possible for you to eat on a table, but that means you are not sitting in a chair -- you are on top of the table, at the same level as the food. Most of the time, people sit at a table to eat or to work. Our food is on the table, but we sit at the table.

Bon appetit!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

it's correct to say i'm on the river or i'm in the river ?

Hello Abdel El,

It's clear you have many questions about prepositions with particular nouns and I think you can find these answers much more efficiently with a simple online search. Type 'river preposition' into your favourite search engine and you'll see many helpful sites.



The LearnEnglish Team

it's correct to say i'm at home or i'm in home?

Hello Abdel El,

We generally say 'at home' and we do not say 'in home'.

We can use 'in' in certain phrases such as 'in this home', 'in my home', but these are used in particular contexts. To talk about being in the place where you live, use 'at home'.


You can check which prepostions are common with which nouns in any good dictionary.



The LearnEnglish Team

is it correct to say (i'm at my apartment or i'm in my apartment) ?

Hello Abdel El, Both 'at' and 'in' are possible here and both are quite commonly used to mean 'at home'. Usually, 'at' is more general in meaning. It can mean inside your apartment or it can mean somewhere nearby such as on the street outside. 'In' is more concrete and means that you are actually in your rooms, not just nearby. Peter The LearnEnglish Team


which sentences are correct?:

1.i'm at my apartment
2.i'm in my apartment

3.i eat on a table
4.i eat at a table

5.the boat is in the water
6.the boat is on the water