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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.

Location

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.

Direction

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.

Distance

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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Comments

Hi there...
I had some tests and one of the question is 'I got an important letter from the bank this morning' and I had to analyze this based on sentence pattern.
my answer was I = Subject, got = verb, an important letter = complement, from the bank = modifier of place, this morning = modifier of time
am I right?

really thank you

Hi nick_axe,

I'm afraid we don't correct school or test exercises for people! If your teacher set this for you then I'm sure you'll get the answers soon.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

Could you explain the difference between 'at the restaurant' and 'in the restaurant'?

Thanks in advance,
Ann

Hello Ann,

'in the restaurant' refers to physical location inside the restaurant. 'at' + a place can be used to refer not so much to the physical location so much as what happens there. In the case of a restaurant, this could be eating (as a customer), working (as an employee), etc. So, for example, if our friend Yuri works as a chef in a restaurant, you ask me where he is, and I know he's working an extra shift today, I'd say 'He's at the restaurant' because I'm thinking about his work there more than describing his location.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
My name Linh, pleases explan about differences between adjective and adverb, some adjectives are same form in adverbs, exemple: fast, hard, left, outside, right... especially in a case, i don't really understand meaning of this sentence?
Thank!

Hello Linh,

Most adjectives and adverbs have different forms. For example:

I have a quick car. ['quick' = an adjective]

I drive my car quickly. ['quickly' = an adverb]

However, you are correct that some have the same form. For example:

I have a fast car. ['fast' = an adjective]

I drive my car fast. ['fast' = an adverb]

I hope those examples help to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks very much for this help. I applying for cleaning job and this help me.

Hello Ashid,

Congratulations! It's always great to hear that LearnEnglish has helped someone - that's what we're here for!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi
Please explain below adverbial use and meaning of example if possible.
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.

Hi archijais,

The phrases 'past the bank' and 'to the end of the street' are used as adverbials here in that they give more information about the verb phrase, i.e. where one should walk. You can find definitions of 'past' and 'to the end of' in our dictionary. If you're still not sure about them after looking them up, please write a sentence that illustrates your understanding of them and we'll be happy to check them for you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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