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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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Hello Abdel El,

I'm afraid we don't provide answers to lists of questions like this. We're happy to explain points of grammar and encourage you in your learning, but we don't offer an answering service for tasks from elsewhere. If we did, then we would end up doing our users' tests and homework for them, which is not our role!



The LearnEnglish Team

which sentences is correct from these?:

the police man is at the school
the police man is in the school

Hello Abdel El,

Both of these are correct but mean slightly different things. 'at the school' is more general and focuses on the activity we do at school, whereas 'in the school' focuses more on the physical location than on what is done there.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello is it correct to see
my little brother is at school or my little brother is in school?

Hello Abdel El,

Both are possible. Generally when someone is having lessons we say 'at school' and when we we are talking about the physical building we say 'in the school'.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi mitykg,

Thanks for pointing that out to us -- I've just fixed the page so that you can comment there now. Have you done an internet search for 'what is the difference between below, beneath, under, underneath'? There are several explanations out there that look good to me. If you have a specific question about what you find, then please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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

Lakshmi narayana,

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?
Lakshmi Narayana,

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,
The LearnEnglish Team