What Are Adverbs of Place?
Adverbs of place (also called spatial adverbs) modify a verb to tell us where an action takes place. They provide information about the location or position of something.
Interrogative Adverbs of Place
Here is a list of the interrogative adverbs of place:
Adverbs of Place: Placement
Please put the book
To be more formal you can use adverbs that end in '-ward' or '-wards' to emphasize the formal style.
I'm glad that they are
In formal style, you can use adverbial prepositional phrases at the beginning of a sentence to emphasize the location being described. For example:
Adverbs of Place: Structure
While most adverbs of place are technically prepositional phrases that function as adverbials of place, some adverbs of place are flat adverbs (also called simple adverbs or bare adverbs) that consist of only one word, such as 'here', 'there', 'upstairs', 'downstairs', and so on.
A flat adverb
He was standing
A prepositional phrase functioning as adverb
Adverbs of Place as Prepositions
Many adverbs of place can also be used as prepositions. When used as prepositions, they must be followed by a noun. For example:
He put his hand
We walked slowly
Adverbs of Place: Uses
Adverbs of place are used to describe location, direction, and distance.
Adverbs of place can be used to describe direction, indicating which way someone or something is moving or pointing. For example:
She waved as she drove
They always go
'Toward' and 'towards' are both adverbs used to indicate that something is moving or pointing in the direction of something else. The only difference between them is the letter 's'. In the United States and Canada, 'toward' is more commonly used, while in other English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, 'towards' is more prevalent.
He stood up and walked
His glance kept going
Adverbs of place can also be used to show the distance or proximity of something, that is, how far or how close something is. For example:
Adverbs of Place: Suffix -wards
Adverbs of place ending in the suffix -wards show movement towards a particular direction or place. For example:
They embarked on a
The leaves fell from branches in a
Adverbs of Place: Suffix -where
Adverbs of place which end in the suffix -where indicate an indefinite location rather than a specific one. For example:
It's got to be around here
Here and There
'Here' and 'there' are two of the most common adverbs of place, indicating a location that is relevant to the speaker rather than another subject or object in the sentence. 'Here' expresses a place that is near or with the speaker, while 'there' indicates a location that is away from or not with the speaker. pay attention to the examples:
Come on. I'm over
Australia? I've always wanted to go
Sometimes 'here' and 'there' are placed at the beginning of the sentence in exclamations for emphasis. For example:
Adverbial and Dummy 'There'
'There' as a 'dummy pronoun' is usually followed by a verb and does not give further information about something. On the contrary, 'adverbial' 'there' can be added to a pronoun and is used as an adverb of place to indicate the location of an action or event. It tells us where something is happening in a sentence. Take a look at the examples:
Here, 'there' is adverbial because it is added to a pronoun.
Here, 'there' is a dummy pronoun because it is followed by a verb.
Adverbs as Subject Complements
Some adverbs, particularly adverbs of place, can be used as predicative subject complements in a sentence. For example:
Our seat is
Adverbs of place as their name requires are used to refer to a place let us take a look at their uses:
- to talk about the position (location)
- to talk about direction
- to talk about distance