Adverbials are words that we use to give more information about a verb. They can be one word (angrily, here) or phrases (at home, in a few hours) and often say how, where, when or how often something happens or is done, though they can also have other uses.

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Hi, which between these two sentences is correct? I usually use the second one. Pls help.

6 hours more to go.
6 more hours to go.

Hi nishantaims,

Both of those are perfectly acceptable.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Regarding the use of adverbs, is it correct to say that always, never, etc. go after the subject, except for verb to be, in which case it would go afterwards, i.e.;
I am always late for school
I always get there on time
Thanks for the clarification.
Regards, Maricela

Hello Maricela,

You are correct that these adverbs generally come before the main verb unless the verb is 'be', in which case they come after.  That's not quite the same as coming after the subject, however.  When there is a long verb phrase with multiple auxiliary verbs the position is a little more complex: the adverb generally comes after the first auxiliary verb. For example:

I always go for a run in the morning.

I have always gone for a run in the morning.

She would always have been going for a run, whatever the weather.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Would you please tell me the difference between "lot" and "lots"? When shall we use lot and when shall we use lots?
There is lot of work to do.
Lots of people think so.
Let me know the difference.

Hello again chandini,

a lot of and lots of are synonyms, i.e. they mean the same thing. You can learn more about them and other similar words on our quantifiers page.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
He cut short his visit.
Her hair was cut short.
Isn't 'short' adverb in both the sentences?

Hello Vidyaarthi,

'Short' is indeed an adverb in both sentences.  In the first sentence it forms part of a phrasal verb 'cut short' with an idiomatic meaning; in the second it is an adverb modifying the verb 'cut'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Peter.

Hello,
which sentence is correct : What should a person say when he loses a close relative or friend?

What should a person say when he loses a close relative or a close friend?

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