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Soot was swirling up around his booted feet and settling on the legs of his khaki everydays. Options
Maggie Q
Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 7:20:56 AM
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Soot was swirling up around his booted feet and settling on the legs of his khaki everydays. Where in God’s name was it coming from? All the burning had been inside. Then he saw. The Dome was going up like a giant windowblind. It was impossible—it went miles down as well as up, everybody knew that—but it was happening.

Question: All the burning had been inside. --- In this case, is 'inside' an adjective or an adverb? Why?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:01:20 AM

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Hello!

I'm not an expert grammarian, but I'd say that it's a adverb in this case (or you could say that it is a preposition with an omitted noun).

It means 'inside the building' - which is a prepositional phrase, acting as an adverb of place.

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I just did a quick search and found this question and answer:

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In the sentence, "I prefer being inside to being outside." What part of speech is "inside"?

"inside" and "outside" are adverbs and prepositions, but as they are not used in front of a noun here, they are adverbs. "Come inside the house." would make "inside" a preposition to my way of thinking.


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