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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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It's really a helpful tip.

Hello.... Hope you will fine sir.......

. At present time they live in France.
.They live in France at present time.

Grammatically both are correct but according to adverbial 1st is correct.... Am I correct?

Hello AbuBakarkhan

You can put the phrase 'at the present time' at the beginning or end of the sentence; both are correct and the meaning is the same. Please note that the phrase is 'at the present time', not 'at present time'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I have a doubt about adverbials of place: what's the difference between "here" and "in here"? And between "there" and "in there"?

Hello Federica911

In general, 'in here' is more specific than 'here' since the preposition 'in' suggests some kind of enclosed space, for example, a house or room. 'here', on the other hand, could refer to a more open space, for example, a field or a city. The context will often determine whether one or the other is better.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Is there any grammatical term named "Adverb of Orders"? If any, discuss with examples, please.

Hi Ataur Rahman,

I'm not familiar with that term. Does it perhaps refer to the order of adverbs when there are more than one? Please provide an example or more specific information. You could also do a web search on your own to find different possibilities. I'm sure you can find some explanations out there as well.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i'm confused with this sentence (i ate at a table) because i used always to write on before the word table, but sometimes i came across with sentence with the preposition at before the word table , i don't know what it makes that sentence correct if it is really ?

Hello Abdel El,

'on a table' means on top of the table, whereas 'at the table' means sitting next to the table. It is possible for you to eat on a table, but that means you are not sitting in a chair -- you are on top of the table, at the same level as the food. Most of the time, people sit at a table to eat or to work. Our food is on the table, but we sit at the table.

Bon appetit!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

it's correct to say i'm on the river or i'm in the river ?