In this lesson, we’ll be looking at some more adverbs of place. Remember: Unlike other adverbs, adverbs of place only modify verbs.
Defronte means “in front of”. It’s not a very common adverb nowadays – in Portuguese, we usually use adverbial phrases to say that something is in front of something else, but you can still come across it, especially in written texts.
Defronte da casa ergue-se um velho carvalho. In front of the house grows an old oak.
Adiante can also be said to mean “in front of”, but more specifically in the sense of “ahead of”, or “further along”.
A nossa empresa está um passo adiante da competição. Our company is one step ahead of the competition.
A igreja e o posto de bombeiros ficam adiante na estrada. The church and the fire station are further along the road.
When used to describe something that will soon come up in a text, adiante can also mean “below”.
Esta questão será abordada adiante. This question will be addressed below.