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Function words referring to location

about

adverb, preposition

used for saying that things are in many different parts or areas, especially because they have been left there carelessly

across

adverb, preposition

reaching from one side of a space or surface to the other

across

adverb, preposition

on the opposite side of a road, river, line etc

across

adverb, preposition

in many parts of an area or country

across

adverb, preposition

used for saying that something spreads until it covers the whole of an area or surface

after

adverb, preposition, conjunction

further along a road, railway etc

ahead

adverb

used for saying that something is in front of you, in the direction you are going or looking

along

adverb, preposition

at a place on or beside a road, river etc

apart

adjective, adverb

if two people or things are apart, there is a space between them

apart

adjective, adverb

if two people are apart, they are not in the same place together

around

adverb, preposition

in many different parts or areas

around

adverb, preposition

in a place with other people, because you live there or spend a lot of time there

around

adverb, preposition

spending time in a place not doing much

before

adverb, conjunction, preposition

if one place is before another place on your journey, you come to it first

before

adverb, conjunction, preposition

in front of someone or something

beyond

adverb, preposition

further away than something else

by

adverb, preposition

used for saying that someone stops somewhere for a short time, especially while going to another place

down

adjective, adverb, preposition

at or to a place that is near you

down

adjective, adverb, preposition

in a place that is to the south of where you are

down

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for saying that something is fastened or stuck to a surface

far

adjective, adverb

used for referring to the part of an area or space that is nearest one side or end of it

forward

adjective, adverb

in a position towards the front of a room or vehicle

further

adjective, adverb

past a certain place or point

here

adverb, interjection

in or to the place where you are

here

adverb, interjection

used when you are pointing to something

here

adverb, interjection

used when you are referring to someone or something that is with you or near you

here

adverb, interjection

used for saying that someone or something has just arrived or is just arriving

hither

adverb

an old word meaning ‘to this place’

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

within an area, city, or country

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

at home, or at your office

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

within an object, space, or substance

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

at a specific part of something

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for saying that something breaks or falls inwards

near

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for referring to the side of something that is the closest to where you are

next

adjective, adverb, determiner, pronoun

used for referring to the place that is closest to where you are

next

adjective, adverb, determiner, pronoun

used for referring to the first place that you come to when you continue moving

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

not on the top or surface of something, especially after being on it

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

connected to a particular room or space

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

in a part of the sea that is near the land

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

not within a particular area

on

adverb, preposition

touching and supported by the top surface of something

on

adverb, preposition

touching, sticking to, or hanging from a surface or object

on

adverb, preposition

in a particular area, or on a particular type of land

on

adverb, preposition

in a particular road or street

on

adverb, preposition

at the side of a river or area of water

on

adverb, preposition

used for saying which thing a part of your body accidentally hits or touches causing you to be hurt

out

adverb, preposition

used for saying that someone leaves their home or place of work in order to visit someone, have a meal, buy something etc

out

adverb, preposition

used for saying that something is removed from a place where it was fixed

over

adverb, preposition

on someone or something and covering them

over

adverb, preposition

on the opposite side of an area, line, road, river etc

over

adverb, preposition

in or to a particular place, for example a town or someone’s home

past

adverb, preposition

going near someone or something while you are on your way to another place

past

adverb, preposition

further than a particular place along a road, path, river etc

round

adverb, preposition

in many different parts or areas

round

adverb, preposition

at someone’s house

round

adverb, preposition

spending time in a place and not doing much

there

adverb, interjection, pronoun

in or to a place that has already been mentioned

there

adverb, interjection, pronoun

in or to a place that you are looking at or pointing to

this

adverb, determiner, pronoun

used for referring to the place that you are in

through

adjective, adverb, preposition

from one side of a window, door, gate etc to the other side of it

through

adjective, adverb, preposition

across an area or space, or between a group of things

throughout

adverb, preposition

in every part of a place

til

another spelling of till1

till

conjunction, preposition

until: ‘Till’ is less formal than ‘until’ and is used less often in writing

until

conjunction, preposition

continuing as far as a particular place

up

adjective, adverb, preposition

in a high place, or in a higher place than you, for example near the top of a hill or in the top part of a house

up

adjective, adverb, preposition

looking, turning, or pointing away from the ground or towards a higher position

up

adjective, adverb, preposition

in a place that is near where you are

where

adverb, conjunction

used when someone knows or says what place someone or something is in or what place they go to

where

adverb, conjunction

used for referring to a particular place that someone or something is in or that they go to

wherever

adverb, conjunction

in any place that you choose

wherever

adverb, conjunction

used for showing that you do not know where something is

forward of

in front of someone or something

from near and far

from a very wide area

here and there

in or to several different places

on someone’s left/right

at or to the left/right side of someone or something

last/next but one

in a position that is just before the last one/just after the next one

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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