Adverbs of place
Adverbs of place tell us where an action has taken place. Adverbs of place modify the verb, adjective or other adverbs, therefore they usually go after the verb at the end of the clause. There are many adverbs of place, such as: below, anywhere, here, there, far, indoors, upstairs, where, on, out, abroad, under, afar. Adverbs of place are in abundance and come in all shapes and sizes! Note that a lot of them function as prepositions as well.
(1) Normal usage of adverbs of place:
- I have looked around for him for five hours.
- You are studying abroad, aren’t you?
- He lives afar.
- Vicky went upstairs to her room.
- Christina left to go where she wanted to study.
- Where are you jack? I am below in the basement.
- I’m working here for the next year.
(2) In many cases, adverbs function both as adverbs and prepositions. When the adverb is, in fact, a proposition it needs to be followed by a noun. In the next few examples both cases will be outlined:
Adverbs (modify the verb, adjective or another adverb);
- The famous football player dropped into our school to make a guest appearance.
- The desk was left behind.
- Have you been looking around?
(3) Prepositions (used before the noun or a pronoun to relate it grammatically);
- I poured the water into the cup.
- I am behind the desk.
- He is travelling around the world.