Why do we use adverbials?

We use adverbs to give more information about the verb.

We use adverbials of manner to say how something happens or how something is done:

The children were playing happily.

He was driving as fast as possible.

We use adverbials of place to say where something happens:

I saw him there.

We met in London.

We use adverbials of time to say when or how often something happens:

They start work at six thirty.

They usually go to work by bus.

We use adverbials of probability to show how certain we are about something.

Perhaps the weather will be fine.

He is certainly coming to the party.

Try these tasks to practice your use of adverbials.

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3




'much',as an adverb, is used with past participle

The sentence -

"She is very tired after a day's work."

Is the above sentence correct?

Can we use much instead of very?

Hello amol,

Much as an adverb is most often used before comparative adjectives: much better, much easier.

It can be used with superlative adjectives: much the best, much the easiest.

With past participles it is used quite rarely. It tends to be seen in more formal texts and usually only in certain expresssions: much loved, much needed, much changed. It cannot be used in place of very in most expressions.



The LearnEnglish Team

Can you tell me which is correct?

I've just woke up

I've just woken up


Hi David,

The second one is correct. If you changed the first one to 'I just woke up', it would be correct, though more natural in American English than in British English.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello Sir,
can you help me to clear my doubt how to use might have/could have..
I might have been hit by a car, but luckily I just managed to get out of the way.
I could have been hit by a car, but luckily I just managed to get out of the way.

Which one is right w.r.t might have/could have.

Hi sujit kumar,

'might have' and 'could have' can both be used to talk about a possible action in the past with little or no difference in meaning. Your sentence is well-formed grammatically, but I wouldn't recommend saying 'might have' or 'could have' here because the last part ('luckily I just managed to get out of the way') shows that you were nearly hit. In other words, 'might have' and 'could have' suggest that it was possible in a theoretical way, whereas the last part of your sentence that it wasn't just theoretical -- it nearly happened.

What I'd recommend instead is something like 'I was nearly hit by a car, but luckily I just managed to get out of the way' or 'I might have been hit by a car but luckily was not'.

I hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr. Kirk,
you are very helpful.

Dear Sir
This question is under puntuation.
Can we use a full stop after a phrase e.g. Oh good. where did you find it?
There is a full stop after 'good'.
Is it all right?
Thank you.

Hello Lal,

Yes, it is perfectly fine to use a full stop. An exclamation mark (!) would also be fine if you wanted to indicate surprise or a very strong reaction, or to show sarcasm.

Don't forget to ise a capital letter after the full stop.



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Please let me know either both or only one is correct. then which one.
e.g He quietly shut the door.
He shut the door quietly..
Thank you.