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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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what does it means "by the table"?

Hello bhoj bikram,

Please look up 'by' in our dictionary (see the link on the right), and scroll all the way down the page, where the last entry for 'by' as a preposition and adverb is. You'll see that it means 'near' or 'at the side of'.

It takes some time, but if you look through the dictionary carefully, the meaning is usually there.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody

Can someone of you give to me explanation about - on -in preposition!!?
i confuse the utilization of each of them.


I'm confused by following phrases:
• on the internet / in the internet
• log on / log in

I often saw them online. Are there differences between each phrase?

Hello Kiki!

There's not a very big difference between log in/log on. In most cases, both can be used.

For on the internet/in the internet, on the internet is usually better. In the internet is not used very often, except with another word, as in We live in the internet age.


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Jeremy.

Ah, I see~
Thank you for the explanation. Have a nice day! :)

Is home an adverb in the sentence 'She came home early.'?(location)

Hello Vidyaarthi,

I have just answered this question on another page ( Please post questions once only - we are a small team and sometimes it takes us a little time to answer, but we read all questions and answer as soon as we are able.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Peter. I'm sorry. I'm new here and I thought you'd somehow not seen my first question. I really appreciate your help. I read the reply after I posted the question the second time.

  1. i like it but the first question , the right answer i think is location :)