'Next' is another common word among native English speakers. In this lesson, we are going to uncover all there is about it.

How To Use "Next" in English?

'Next' can be an adjective, an adverb, and a pronoun. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Next'

'Next' as an Adjective

As stated above, 'next' can function as an adjective. Below, we are going to see the different kinds of adjectives it can be:


'Next' as an Attributive Adjective

  • When we are talking about the following option, person, or object, we use 'next':

The next project we see will be Maria's.

The students' next class is cancelled.

  • When we want to refer to the following day, month, year, etc.:

Next Monday, Andy and I will be able to visit you in the afternoon.

Sheila wants to enter Oxford University next year.

'Next' as a Predicative Adjective

  • When we want to indicate that something comes after another, we use 'next':

The dessert section comes next in the book.

Behind the Scenes of 'The Great Gatsby' is next on Hulu.

Position in a Sentence

When 'next' is an attributive adjective, it comes before nouns. When 'next' is a predictive adjective, it comes after verbs. Look below:

Next time you treat me like that, I'm done.

Here, 'next' is an attributive adjectives.

The Vampire Diaries is next on CBS.

Here, 'next' is a predicative adjective.

'Next' as an Adverb

As stated above, 'next' can also be an adverb. Below, we are going to see the different kinds of adverbs it can be:

'Next' as an Adverb of Manner

'Next' is an adverb of manner. Below, we are going to learn all about it:

  • When something/someone comes after another:

Sabrina Spellman came to the board next.

Next, the dog barked and all the girls started screaming.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'next' is an adverb here, it mainly comes after verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs to modify them. However, please note that we can also start a sentence with it. Look:

Next, we will all jump into the pool.

My teacher read the Winnie the Pooh story next.


Whenever we have an adverb at the beginning of a sentence, we must always add a comma after it.

'Next' as a Pronoun

We can also use 'next' as a pronoun. It replaces a noun. Look at the following examples:

Eventually, every day will look like the next for a while.

Here, 'next' has replaced 'day'.

I will be graduated from high school the month after next.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'next' is a pronoun here, it mainly replaces nouns in sentences. Look below:

This week and the next, we are going to talk about 'Derrida's Binary Oppositions'.

Boredom pops up when every day is the same as the next for a long time.

Idioms and Expressions with 'Next'

We have several idioms and expressions with 'next' in the English language. Look below for more clarification:

  • Take something to the next level: When we want to improve something to make it better, we use this:

So, are you guys going to take your relationship to the next level?

At the office, we are taking architectural designing to the next level.

  • From one day to the next: When we want to say that anything unpredictable can happen, we use this:

I don't know if I will be able to stay alive from one day to the next.

  • Better luck next time: When we want to support someone who has been unsuccessful recently, we use this:

Don't worry, better luck next time.

  • Next up: When something comes after another in sequence, we use this:

Next up, a motivational podcast will begin.

Next up, the Friends Reunion will continue.


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