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




Thank you Peter. You've been really helpful.

Hi,  what of the following expressions is grammatically correct:  Not of my knowledge or Not to my knowledge?  Thanks.

Hello MayelaM!
Not to my knowledge is the correct version of the phrase. If you want to check phrases like that, one quick way of doing it is to enter the phrase with quotation marks ("...") into Google. Take a look at the first page of results for each phrase, and that will often give you an idea of which one is better.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for the suggestion... Google does not offer the results as a grammatical explanation... Any good online dictionary or similar e-book you may suggest to me?  I would like to review prepositions using phrases... 

Hello Mayela,
Jeremy is suggesting that you use Google to answer your original question (which form is correct?), not to find an explanation. However, you should be able to work out the meaning of the phrase from the words in it (it's not an idiom) and from looking at it in context once you've done the search.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

"look at here"vs "look at me"
"keep it coming " vs "keep coming"
and also while in taxi how can i say to driver if i want him to keep driving slowly and stay on the left or near to kerb
could you please clear my doubt ?

Hello vnods,
'Look at me' means what it says: that the listener should look at the speaker.
'Look at here' is incorrect.  Perhaps you mean 'look over here', which means 'look at this place' (where the speaker is).
'Keep coming' means 'continue moving towards me'.  'Keep it coming' means 'continue giving me (something)'.
In the taxi I would probably say something like 'keep to the side and drive slowly'.
I hope those answers help you.
Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you! It is really help me!

Hi, I want to thank all of you for the efforts you are making to pass on your knowledge. My question is about the order of adjectives and precisely about general and specific opinion adjectives. For examples, nice is general but intelligent is specific. This is confusing specially for learners. Where can we find more to learn about this topic? Thanks