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ADVERBS OF PLACE

Adverbs of place tell us where something happens. Adverbs of place are usually placed after the main verb or after the clause that they modify. Adverbs of place do not modify adjectives or other adverbs. Some examples of adverbs of place: here, everywhere, outside, away, around

Example

.John looked around but he couldn’t see the monkey

.I searched everywhere I could think of

.I’m going back to school

!Come in

.They built a house nearby

.She took the child outside

HERE AND THERE

Here and there are common adverbs of place. They give a location relative to the speaker. With verbs of movement, here means towards or with the speaker” and there means “away from, or not with the speaker”

Meaning Sentence

.Come towards me

.Come with me; we will go see it together

.Put it in a place away from me

.Go in; you can see it by yourself

!Come here

!The table is in here

.Put it there

.The table is in there

.Here and there are combined with prepositions to make many common adverbial phrases

:Example

?What are you doing up there

!Come over here and look at what I found

.The baby is hiding down there under the table

I wonder how my driver’s license got stuck under here

Here and there are placed at the beginning of the sentence in exclamations or when emphasis is needed. They are followed by the verb if the subject is a noun or by a pronoun if the subject is a pronoun

Example

!Here comes the bus

!There goes the bell

!There it is

!Here they are

ADVERBS OF PLACE THAT ARE ALSO PREPOSITIONS

Many adverbs of place can also be used as prepositions. When used as prepositions, they must be followed by a noun

Used as a preposition Used as an adverb of place, modifying a verb Word

I am wearing a necklace around my neck

.Let’s hide behind the shed

.John made his way carefully down the cliff

.I dropped the letter in the mailbox

.The wind blew the flowers off the tree

.Please put the books on the table

.I think I will hang the picture over my bed

.The marble rolled around in my hand

.Hurry! You are getting behind

.Mary fell down

.We decided to drop in on Jake

.Let’s get off at the next stop

.We rode on for several more hours

.He turned over and went to back sleep

around

behind

down

in

off

on

over

ADVERBS OF PLACE ENDING IN -WHERE

.Adverbs of place that end in -where express the idea of location without specifying a specific location or direction

EXAMPLES

.I would like to go somewhere warm for my vacation

?Is there anywhere I can find a perfect plate of spaghetti around here

.I have nowhere to go

!I keep running in to Sally everywhere

ADVERBS OF PLACE ENDING IN -WARDS

.Adverbs of place that end in -wards express movement in a particular direction

EXAMPLES

.Cats don’t usually walk backwards

.The ship sailed westwards

.The balloon drifted upwards

.We will keep walking homewards until we arrive

.Be careful: Towards is a preposition, not an adverb, so it is always followed by a noun or a pronoun

EXAMPLES

.He walked towards the car

.She ran towards me

ADVERBS OF PLACE EXPRESSING BOTH MOVEMENT & LOCATION

.Some adverbs of place express both movement & location at the same time

EXAMPLES

.The child went indoors

.He lived and worked abroad

.Water always flows downhill

.The wind pushed us sideways

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