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 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!

Hello Arctic Wolf,

Sometimes, and especially in an informal style, some adjectives can be used as adverbs of manner. For example, 'slow' in 'drive slow!' or 'tight' in 'hold on tight!' The same is true of 'tired' in the sentence you ask about.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Thank you for your kind and helpful reply. Taking it a little further, would it be grammatically acceptable to say "He walked home tired of work", "He walked home disappointed by his colleagues" or even "He walked home frustrated by work"?
Grateful to your valuable help and support.

Hello Arctic Wolf,

Those sentences, though unusual, sound natural to me, so I'd say yes. I'd probably say 'disappointed with' instead of 'disappointed by', though.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

I'm most certainly thankful to you for taking the time to respond to my query in such a helpful and diligent manner.

Warm regards.

Halo friends.....
I have one problems, can someone kindly advise me.......
Which one of the following is correctly....
1. He quickly went out to the garden.
2. He went out quickly to the garden.
3. He went out to the garden quickly.

Hello everyone....
(When will they be finished?) I read this sentence in a quiz and I want to know what we use after be in this case adj or p.p and can I say When will the party be started?.
thank you....