Using along

April 13, 2013pdf

Along can be used as a preposition and an adverb. When used as a preposition, it is followed by a noun. When used as an adverb, it is not followed by a noun.

  • The boys walked along the corridor. (Here the noun the corridor acts as the object of the preposition along.)
  • You can bring your kids along.

Along is used to talk about movement on or beside a line.

  • She walked along the footpath.
  • I saw a dark figure moving along the road.

Along can also show position on a line.

  • There are quite a few shops along the street.
  • There was a thick line of trees along the river bank.

Along can be used to talk about coming or going to a place where someone is waiting or something is happening.

Although we waited for hours, no cabs came along so we decided to walk all the way home.

  • We are going to the theatre. Would you like to come along?

To take someone or something along is to take them with you when you go somewhere.

  • Don’t forget to take these papers along when you go to the bank.

Note that the preposition along is not used to talk about periods or activities. Instead we use through.

  • She was silent all through the journey. (NOT She was silent all along the journey.)
  • She kept talking right through the meal.
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