What is Adverb of Place? Adverbs of Place Expressions and Example Sentences

What is Adverb of Place? Adverbs of Place Expressions and Example Sentences

Adverb of Place

Adverbs of place are used to modify to tell where an act or event is happening in a sentence. In other words, they tell us where things happen. Adverbs of place are usually placed immediately after the main verb or sentence they are describing.

Adverbs of place do not modify adjectives and other adverbs. Many adverbs can also be used as prepositions. Hence, when they are used as a preposition in a sentence, the noun comes after them.

They usually answer the “Where?” question. Let’s look at these examples:

  • Maya looked around but she couldn’t notice her phone was right in front of her.
  • I literally searched everywhere that mankind knows.
  • I’m going back to work.
  • Come in!
  • They built a house nearby the river. Who is going to tell them that’s really dangerous?
  • She took the dogs outside. Well, they have to poo!
  • She has been standing near the door for hours.
  • They must arrive here by tomorrow.
  • I guess he lives somewhere in India.
  • Sorry, I’m going to miss the reunion. I went abroad yesterday via an urgent call.
  • She is sleeping upstairs. Please be quiet.
  • I went out.
  • I knew that he would turn back.
  • Let’s study in the library tonight.
  • Look outside.

Here and There

“Here” and “there” are common adverbs of place. They give a clue about the location to us. The verbs of movement are signifying “towards or with the person” by here and “away from, or not with the person” by there.

So if you saw a sentence as “Come here!”, you will know that means “Come towards me.”. Let’s continue with another example.

Examine the sentence “The desk is in here.”, which means If you come with me we will see it together.

You can put it there. = Put it in a place away from me, I don’t need that right now.

The suspicious packet is in there. = Go in, and you can see it by yourself.

So, we used “there” in that sentence instead of using “here”. If we’d say “here” in that sentence it would mean that we could see it together.

Also, there is something you need to know: “Here” and “there” are combined with prepositions to make adverbial phrases.

Look at these examples:

  • What is she doing up there by herself?
  • Freddie, come over here quickly and see what I did!
  • You are hiding down there under the table like a spineless coward.
  • I’m curious about how my credit card got stuck under here.

Likewise, you may use “here” and “there” at the beginning of the sentence to emphasize something. The adverbs of place are followed by verbs and pronouns. Look at these examples:

  • Here comes the sun!
  • Yes, I’ve found it. There it is!
  • Here you are!

Adverbs of Place as a Preposition

Adverbs of place can also be used as prepositions. When you use them as prepositions, you should add a noun following.

  • Let’s hide behind the curtain like puppets!
  • Please put the jewelry on the case.