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 lisa4512,

'After' is a preposition here. Note that there is a difference between the word and the phrase here. The phrase 'After breakfast' is an adverbial phrase which is made up of a preposition ('After') and a noun ('breakfast').

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello

Is this a correct adverbial phrase: 'after dinner, we walked home.' Is 'after dinner' a correct adverbial phrase?

Kind regards

Hello lisa4512,

Yes, that is correct grammatically. Whether or not it is correctly used will depend upon the context, of course.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again lisa,

I'd suggest the same sentence parser for this sentence. When followed by a noun, 'after' is typically a preposition – looking through example sentences in the dictionary may also be useful in understanding specific words and phrases.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk

Many thanks for your help. I've checked the sentence parser and the link you supplied as well and agree it is a preposition. Though if I change the sentence to the following: 'After we had eaten, we walked home.' Would 'after we had eaten' be now considered an adverbial phrase?
Thanks so much!

Lisa

Hi lisa4512,

In this example, 'after we had eaten' functions as an adverbial clause. Within the adverbial clause, 'after' is a conjunction which joins the adverbial clause to the main clause.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello

I saw this sentence "She was deeply hurt that she had not been invited." from dictionary.
Is "that she had not been invited" an adverb clause?
Does "that" equal "because"?

Hello hahalulu,

In the sentence you ask about, 'that' begins a 'that'-clause which follows the adjective 'hurt'. Although you could replace 'that' with 'because' and it would mean the same thing, 'that' doesn't really mean anything by itself, but rather makes a connection between the clauses before and after it. There are many adjectives that can be followed by a that-clause, e.g. 'I was proud that my son had finished the race' in the same way as here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Kirk, thank you so much!

I'm really poor in grammar.Thanks for your help.

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