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adverb, preposition     along pronunciation in British English
Along can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): Go along South Street and turn left.
as an adverb (without a following noun): Can I bring the children along?
  1. 1
    moving on or beside a line
    1. a.
      moving forwards on a line, road, path etc towards one end of it

      Mrs Barnes was hurrying along the path towards us.

      We walked along in silence.

    2. b.
      moving from one place to another while staying near the side or edge of something

      They were sailing along the southern coast of Australia.

  2. 2
    used for showing where someone or something is
    1. a.
      continuing in a line on or beside a road, river, wall etc

      The shops along Oxford Street were brightly lit for Christmas.

      a line of trees along the river bank

    2. b.
      at a place on or beside a road, river etc

      The sound of gunfire was coming from somewhere along the road.

  3. 3
    coming here or going there
    1. a.
      coming to the place where someone is, or going to the place where something is happening

      Finally a taxi came along, and we jumped in.

      There’s going to be a public meeting, so I think I’ll go along and see what’s happening.

      Just wait here. The doctor should be along (=should arrive) in a few minutes.

    2. b.
      used for saying that you take someone or something with you when you go somewhere

      Do you mind if I come along too?

      Bring the whole family along.

      Be sure to take your notes along with you.

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