- Placement in a Sentence
There are five types of adverbs in the English language. Adverbs of place answer the question "Where?" and describe the location, position, or direction of someone or something. They tell us where the action takes place.
Look outside – there’s snow everywhere!
Everywhere is an adverb of place used to describe an unspecified location.
The most commonly used adverbs of place are here/there, but there are also many others, including near/far, inside/outside, upstairs/downstairs, up/down, away, around, over, between, etc.
Placement in a Sentence
Rule 1: Adverbs of place come after the object in a sentence.
Andy rode his bike towards the park.
His bike is an object in the sentence, so we place towards after it.
Rule 2: If there is no object in a sentence, adverbs of place come after the main verb.
Your desk stands behind my desk.
Behind comes after the main verb stands because there is no object in the sentence.
Rule 3: We use here when the position is near the speaker, and we use there when the position is further away. These two words can go at the beginning or the end of a phrase.
Here are the documents to sign.
Here is used to describe that the documents are near the speaker.
The documents for signing are there, on a shelf.
There is used to describe that documents are located far away from the speaker.
Rule 4: We use the adverbs of place somewhere, everywhere, anywhere, and nowhere to refer to unspecified locations.
We want to go somewhere hot this summer.
Somewhere is used to describe that there is no specified hot destination chosen for this winter's vacation yet.
Choose the correct adverb of place: Your cup is ___, on the table next to mine.