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




Hello Emil123!
Welcome to LearnEnglish! You're right that still is a bit unusual - but we have a whole page on how to use it! Why not take a look, and see if that helps you?
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

I find your site really helpful. I am a visually impaired. I have got a question. It is like this
Q.   the patient has since been discharged. Does it require any improvement? The options given are
a)  ...has been since....
b)   ...since has been....
c)   ...is since discharged.
d) no improvement
Please help me. I have no one else to ask.

Hello Ratheesh,
This seems to be an exam question from the Engineering Services Examination and we don't really offer a service of answering that kind of question here. However, you're on the right page. 'Since' here is functioning as an adverb and it should go before the final part of the verb.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

That´s obviously not what I meant...Why is this a probability adverbial? Shouldn't it be a manner one?

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I think this is a great site to learn and to practice. I have a question. What are the basic rules to use correctly conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs to contrast ideas correctly? thanks a lot!!

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