Adverbs of Place

les adverbes de lieu

Adverbs of place or location describe where an action occurs. “The children play outside”, “I’m going over there.” The following list also includes some adverbial expressions.

à cet endroitin this place
à côténext to
à deux heures d'icitwo hours from here
à deux kilomètres d'icitwo kilometers from here
à droiteto/on the right
à gaucheto/on the left
ailleurselsewhere, somewhere else
auprèsnext to
ça et làhere and there
dessusabove, over
devantin front of
en basdown, downstairs
en hautup, upstairs
Là-basover there
n’importe oùanywhere
nulle partnowhere
nulle part ailleursnowhere else
partout ailleurseverywhere else
quelque partsomewhere
tout droitstraight ahead

example sentences of French adverbs of location

  • Les enfants jouent dehors. The kids are playing outside.
  • Va ailleurs! Go somewhere else!
  • Le taxi tourne à droite. The taxi is taking a right.
  • Continue tout droit. Keep going straight ahead.
  • La voiture est devant la maison. The car is in front of the house.
  • Le chien est derrière la maison. The dog is behind the house.
  • Il y a des fleurs autour de la maison. There are flowers around the house.
  • Il y a des arbres partout. There are trees everywhere.
  • J’habite à côté de l’eglise. I live next to the church.
  • Nous habitons loin du centre-ville. We live far from downtown.
  • Tu habites près de la mer. You live near the sea.
  • Ma chemise est quelque part mais je ne sais pas ou. My shirt is somewhere but I don’t know where.
  • Il y a des pissenlit çà et là dans notre pelouse. There are dandelions here and there in our lawn. 
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