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Place adverb

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An adverb of place is an adverb that refers to place.

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Traditional grammar, on which pedagogical grammar is often based, includes words in this category that don’t match more technical definitions of adverb. These include:

The way to distinguish adverbs of place from prepositions is as follows:

  • Prepositions are not gradable; they lack gradative (comparative and superlative) forms, and cannot be modified by more.
  • Prepositions can be identified when they form heads of prepositional phrases, so we can identify inside as a preposition in inside the shop, so it’s also a preposition in Let’s go inside.

Meanwhile, the word near is often analysed as a preposition, but has comparative and superlative forms, and so analysis as a (with a null preposition) is more parsimonious.

That leaves a handful of place adverbs, which all seem to cover proximity/distance, including:

(1) close (closer, closest), distant (more distant, most distant), far (farther, farthest/further, furthest), near (nearer, nearest).
(2) deep (deeper, deepest), high (higher, highest), low (lower, lowest),

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