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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Respected teachers,
I wanna ask you that the following sentence has correct structure or not ?
The sentence is: "That was a sarcasm or your thanks has/have true meanings ?
The confusion is here we use what has or have ? I always have same confusion in many sentences please help me
Likewise, "These are the beautiful features that make/makes you awesome"
Here make or makes creates difficulty

Hello kisa zehra,

When the subject of the verb is the third person (he/she/it) rather than I, you or they then we add 's' to the verb in the present simple. Therefore your second sentence should be as follows:

These are the beautiful features that make you awesome. ['features' is a plural verb, so no 's' is needed]

The first sentence needs to be rephrased to make it natural English:

Was that sarcasm or were your thanks genuine?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir :)
Sir, if I say "This beautiful feature make you handsome" here make is correct or we use makes? I know that we use "s" with he/she/it
But in some sentences I have such complications Iam too weak in grammer :( but fortunately I've good friends who don't make fun of mine but this way I couldn't be able to recognize my grammer mistakes and this is the cause that I am always confused while speaking English !
Sir if you don't have any issues may I ask you my querries even silly querries ? Because iam too hesitant to ask from a teacher in front of class.

Hello kisa zehra,

You're right, here you should say 'makes'. This is because 'this beautiful feature' is a singular noun phrase.

I wouldn't say this is a silly question, and you are welcome to ask us questions, though please note that our primary purpose is to help users get the most out of our site. So sometimes we don't answer questions that are unrelated to what's here. Also, we don't answer general questions that would require lengthy explanations. So the more specific your question is, the more likely it is that we can answer it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Still i have a confusion in adverbs and adverbials

Hello kisa zehra,

An adverb is a kind of word. An adverbial is anything - a word or a phrase - which has the function of adverb. In other words, adverbials include adverbs and also phrases.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I didn't get what's the diff b/w adverb and adverbials

Hello everyone :
when i seared the meaning of this word ( Realistically) i found it adverb and in the explain of the word i found this sentence
Realistically speaking, he hadn't a hope, but that didn't stop him trying.
( Realistically speaking), can we put adverb before a noun

Hello again nkmg,

Adverbs cannot directly modify nouns (e.g. 'he is a very boy' is not grammatical), but they can go before them, as in the sentence you ask about. Notice that there is a comma after 'realistically speaking', which indicates that it is an adverbial that modifies the whole phrase after it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Employee pleaded guilty to supplying information to other organizations.

Employee pleaded guility of supplying information to other organizations.

Could please answer which is right and what is difference in meaning by changing 'to' with 'of'.

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