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



dear kind learning english staff
sir, there are two types of sentences .....exclamatory and optative
sir there is also a part of speech which interjection is a word....
now my question is what are the diffrences between part of speech and sentence? which i've written above

Hello poo koli,

I'd suggest you look up both these terms in the wikipedia, where you'll explanations and photos. Part of speech is a category for classifying words, e.g. verb, noun, adjective. Many words can function as different parts of speech depending on how they are used. A sentence is a group of words (with different parts of speech) that express an idea. Many sentences end with a full stop (.) – this comment has five sentences.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Teachers,
"The police are looking for us" is a sentence in the 7th question of the first exercise. Is it correct? if yes, why? I'd rather say "the police is looking for us"

And speaking to "rather" : is it correct "I'd rather say....I'd rather prefer....I'd rather +Verb?
thanks a lot

Dear Michela,

As you can see in the dictionary entry for 'police', it is a plural noun - that is why the verb is plural in the exercise. To talk about one person from the police, we generally say 'police officer'.

'would rather' + verb is used to talk about preferences, so yes, you can say 'I'd rather say nothing', but not 'I'd rather prefer' - this would be like saying 'I'd prefer prefer'!

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there... just want to know if adverbials is the same meaning with modifier
thanks a lot :)

Hello nick_axe,

These are not synonyms. A modifier is any word which changes or adds to the meaning of another word. An adverbial is a more specific category. You can find definitions and examples of each of these by using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of this page.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Learnenglish Team,

I have little hindrance while using always and ever.
can we use them interchangeably? ,as in below statements,

1.I have always had good fortunes.
2.I have ever had good fortunes.

Thanks and regards,

Hello Nandish,

No, it's quite unusual nowadays to use 'ever' to mean 'always'. You can find it in some different expressions where it has that meaning, but it's not usually used independently in that way.

Most of the time, 'ever' is used in questions to mean 'at any time', e.g. 'Have you ever visited the Taj Mahal?'

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear kind Learn English staff,

As understood from the elaborate explanation above, adjectives can only be placed after linking verbs. However, it's been quite confusing with some other verbs, that is not being able to use adjectives after the verb where I desire to describe the subject and not the verb. An example of the case would be: "I walked home tired". Although probably wrong, I'm describing the subject "I" and not the verb "walked". How can I do that correctly. Hope I've explained my query clearly. Thank you!