Adverbs of place

understanding adverbs of place

Adverbs of Place tell us the location where the action of the verb happens or carried out. They are a diverse set, consisting of forms created by adding –ly to an adjective (e.g., local ↵ locally) and of others, as shown below.

Common Adverbs of Place
abroadinsideoutsidesouthwards
thereanywherehomenorthwards
upstairsheredownstairselsewhere
nowhereanywheresomeplacenearby
belowinoutforward

Like other AdverbsOpens in new window, Adverbs of Place can also be placed at the initial, middle, and at the final position of a clause.

Examples include:
  • The grapes are grown locally. → after the main verb/final position
  • She spent larger part of her life working there. → after the main verb/final position
  • He took the gift upstairs. → after object
  • The owner the pub told them to take their argument outside. → after object

In addition, Adverbs of Place can also be placed after an auxiliary verb.

Examples include:
  • The apprentice is here. → after auxiliary verb
  • The students are there. → after auxiliary verb

Most common Adverbs of Place, such as shown below, also function as prepositions.

acrossbehindoveraround
underaboutupalong
offasideinbeside
nextthroughbyup