An adverbial can be an adverb:

He spoke angrily.
They live here.
We will be back soon.

or an adverb with a quantifier:

He spoke really angrily.
They live just here.
We will go quite soon.
We will go as soon as possible.

or a phrase with a preposition:

He spoke in an angry voice.
They live in London.
We will go in a few minutes.

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Comments

Dear Sir,
Is "together" an adverb of manner?

Hello Nada Ibrahim,

'Together' can be an adverb or an adjective.

When used as an adverb, you could say that it describes the manner in which an action is done. However, 'adverb of manner' is really a descriptive term which teachers use rather than a real linguistic term. It describes the function of the adverb in a particular example rather than being a category in which the word belongs.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Please tell me if the adverb 'already' is a sentence adverb (an adverb modifying a whole sentence/clause) in the following examples
1) She was running quite fast already when she started speed training
2) She was already very thin when she had liposuction
3)My mother was already pregnant when she married my father

Hello Darshanie Ratnawalli,

'already' is not a sentence adverb here, nor is it commonly used as one. Sentence adverbs typically go at the beginning of the sentence -- you can read more about them here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk. Can you tell me what syntactic function the adverb 'too' performs in the following two sentences and what it is modifying
1) I knew it only two well
2) He drank too much

Hello Darshanie Ratnawalli,

The first sentence has an error in it. I expect you meant to write 'too' rather than 'two'.

In both sentences, the adverb 'too' is functioning as a degree adverb. However, like the adverb 'very', it is not used to modify verbs but rather to modify determiners (too much money), pronouns (too much), adjectives (too good) or other adverbs (too well).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter
But doesn't it modify verbs? What about "The president inaugurated the sessions. He made a presentation too" Doesn't it also modify noun phrases? "The Smiths went out of town. They took the children too."

Hello Darshanie Ratnawalli,

This is a different use and meaning of 'too'. Your earlier examples showed 'too' used to mean 'excessively', whereas here it is used to mean 'in addition' or 'also'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sirs,
is this sentence correct'' the woman who sell fish also sell yam''.
regards.

Hello philharis,

Not quite. You need to use the third-person form after 'the woman':

The woman who sells fish also sells yams.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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