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, 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 (http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/adverbials). 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 :)

Hi Melita
because they do not show location here but moving there the next week.it means move o Germany(toward Germany).this is actually direction.

Hello! I didn't understand why in the first question the answer is direction and not location, Germany isn't supposed to be a place? 
Thanks :)


The sentence reads:"He's going to Germany", so a movement towards a destination is being expressed.

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