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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 everybody :c
I have one question
are ( at the end of bottom ) & (to the end of) compound prepositions?

Thanks for help

thank you all mentor!

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,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, thank you.
Sorry for having asked such a question.

Hi solitude,

No need to apologise!

Best wishes,


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,


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.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team