Adverbials

 

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.

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Task 2

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Comments

Hello Tharindu,

These two words are completely different verbs, even though they look similar. 'See' is what we do with our eyes, whereas 'seem' is used to describe an impression which we are not sure is correct or not. If I say 'He seems nice' then I am telling you what my impression is, but I am also saying that I'm still not completely certain.

You can use the Dictionaries link on the right to look up words and you'll see definitions, examples and more.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm practising the grammar regularly but how will I be able to speak english fluently?

Hello praveenzzz,

It's hard for me to give you specific advice on developing your fluency without knowing how you speak at the moment. However, there are some general suggestions that I can make which will help you to improve over time. The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible. To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you. It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English. However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone. Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation. Use a notebook to keep a record of these so you can revise them and test yourself to see how well you remember them.

I hope that suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I am wondering whether "by other hand" exists as adverb or other introductory phrase to indicate another point not related to the previous one but inside the same text. if not, which adverb may be used?

Is this synonim to the adverb "On the other hand" which means "in addition" or "besides"?

Thanks!

Hi Mayela,

No, I'm afraid that "by other hand" is not standard English. By the way, "on the other hand" has a more specific meaning than "in addition to" - it is used to present a different or even opposite way of looking at something.

You can check this yourself by searching for "by other hand" and "on the other hand" in the dictionary search box on the right - you'll see that there is no entry for the former. That is usually a good indication of whether a word or expression exists.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

i just wonder the sentences : she spoke to me very "softly"( why it is not the adj "soft" but the adv " softly")
and the sentences: he tasted the various kind of tea "careful"( why it is not the adv" carefully" but the adj "careful")

Hell kentrinh92,

We use adverbs to describe verbs and so the adverb is the correct form in each sentence:

She spoke to me very softly. [softly is how she spoke]

She tasted the various kinds of tea carefully. [carefully is how he tasted the teas]

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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