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

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Task 2

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Task 3

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Hi
Do we use article 'the' before superlative adverbs as we do for superlative adjectives? Which one would be correct?
1. He ran fastest.
2. He ran the fastest.

Thanks

Hello Adya's,

Yes, 'the' is used with superlative adverbs as well -- 2 is correct here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, Could you please tell me If we can make words like this Sometimes we say it is a watchable movie and other times it is a worth watching movie and we speak many sentences What I want to Know is that, Could we make word like this by applying able before verb like watchable or seeable or should we make like worth watching or worth seeing and is there any difference between them please explain?

Hello SonuKumar,

'Worth watching' is more postitive: it means that watching the film or show is recommended.

'Watchable' means that it is not terrible. It does not mean that it is not good, but it only tells us that it is not terrible.

Remember, however, that context and tone of voice are very important in establishing the meaning of such items.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

i'm having a doubt about which one is correct

The girl happily posed for the cameras.
or
The girl posed happily for the cameras

Hello aurorant,

Both sentences are correct but there is a difference in meaning between them. The first sentence (happily posed) means that the girl was willing to pose and saw no problem in it. The second sentence (posed happily) suggests that the girl posed in a way which looked happy - she smiled, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, I have seen some people writing and saying "I don't need you no more or Don't hurt me no more and I haven't got nothing to do" but Sir, Why so ? Instead of that, I think it should be ' I don't need you anymore, Don't hurt me anymore and I have nothing to do' is not it right form ?

Hello SonuKumar,

These are non-standard forms which appear in certain dialects. Not all English that is spoken is grammatically standard. We would not use these forms in formal language or in writing as they are not considered grammatically correct but you can hear them in informal speech amongst some groups and in some areas.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, My friend is going to London or New York. Now I want to ask him if He is going to London or New York. I can ask him like this " Are you going London or you are going New York and are you going New York ? Now all I wanna ask is, should I use question mark sentence after the word 'OR' or I should use the simple sentence after 'OR' please help ?

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