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 solitude,

No need to apologise!

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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...'

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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.

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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.

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

Thanks in advance,

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.

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The LearnEnglish Team

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?