Consider the sentences below:

  1. wipe the inside of the fridge.
  2. wipe inside the fridge.

In the first sentence, inside is a noun but in the second one, is an adverb.

Now,what is the difference between the first one and the second?

Is the second sentence correct grammatically?

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    what you will be sweeping, where you will be sweeping.
    – TimR
    Aug 19, 2016 at 2:14
  • for example,house.
    – ali
    Aug 19, 2016 at 2:17
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    sweep might not be the best word in this context, since in a household context sweeping is usually done with a broom. More likely it is cleaning of some kind.
    – user3169
    Aug 19, 2016 at 3:49
  • Both are grammatical. Trust the dictionary! As a noun: the inner or internal part; interior. As a preposition: within. Aug 19, 2016 at 4:52
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    Poor adverbs. They had it so good for a while. Now they feel as though the world has been turned inside-out.
    – TimR
    Aug 19, 2016 at 10:09

1 Answer 1


1-sweep the inside of the fridge

means to "sweep" in the interior parts of the fridge, such as the inner surfaces, shelves or drawers.

2-sweep inside the fridge

just means to "sweep" something that is inside the fridge.

1-is a noun, 2-is a preposition

  • the entry of macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/inside_1 is:Inside can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): What’s inside the envelope? Inside of is sometimes used instead of inside, especially in American English: ♦ I had a strange feeling inside of me. as an adverb (without a following noun): I opened the box and looked inside. as an adjective (always before a noun): the inside pages of a newspaper.
    – ali
    Aug 19, 2016 at 23:11
  • for this reason, inside is an adverb not preposition.
    – ali
    Aug 19, 2016 at 23:13
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    @ali In the very passage you quoted, it says: "...as an adverb (without a following noun)". In the example sentence you've written, "the fridge" is the following noun. It is, in this example, a preposition, not an adverb.
    – Eikre
    Aug 19, 2016 at 23:43

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