If we buy fresh food via online it will not be fresh by the time it arrives at our homes.
We say that we ‘go’ online, and so online feels like it’s a place, but it isn’t. It’s actually an adverb!
- This company is still selling equipment online.
- (Affects the verb ‘selling’)
- The current monthly construction update is available online.
- (Affects the verb ‘is’)
- It’s impossible to go online when the network is down.
- (Affects the verb ‘go’)
The same is true of abroad and overseas.
- It has nine permanent diplomatic missions overseas.
- (Affects the verb ‘has’)
- The school undertakes biennial music tours abroad.
- (Affects the verb ‘undertakes’)
- Parents like their children to study abroad and so they can apply for scholarships.
- (Affects the verb ‘study’)
You can shop online (not at online), you can study abroad (not in abroad), and you can live overseas (not in overseas)!