Adverbs of place in English

Adverbs of place in EnglishOn this page, we will look at adverbs of place. These adverbs tell us where the action takes place. Here are some examples:

  • The children are playing football outside.
  • John is sleeping upstairs.

These adverbs can also tell us the direction. Here are some examples:

  • They are driving south.
  • The strong wind is blowing me sideways!
  • He looked up at the sun.

Position of an adverb of place:

Position 1: After the main verb (subject + main verb + adverb of place)

  • John is sleeping upstairs.
  • They are driving south.

Position 2: After the object (subject +  main verb + object + adverb of place)

  • The children are playing football outside.
  • She is eating breakfast in bed.

Here’s a useful list:

  • above – The plane flew above the house.
  • anywhere – I can’t find my keys anywhere!
  • away – She walked away….
  • back – …and didn’t look back.
  • behind – He hid it behind his back.
  • below – He dived below 20 metres.
  • down – John’s crying because he fell down.
  • downstairs – She walked downstairs to make a cup of coffee.
  • far – She lives far from parents.
  • here – I am here!
  • in  – He put it in his pocket.
  • indoors – the dog is sleeping indoors.
  • near – He lives near the school.
  • north/south/east/west – We should drive west.
  • off – Take your hat off!
  • on – I am putting my coat on.
  • out – She’s going out tonight.
  • outside – The children are playing outside.
  • over – He pushed me over!
  • there – I want to take the bus there.
  • towards – She moved towards the window.
  • under – Hide under the table!
  • up – I can’t lift this bag up!
  • upstairs – I’m going upstairs to bed.
  • where – Where is David?

Now move on to the next page looking at adverbs of time.

 

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