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




So does it mean that a preposition can take a verb afrer it.
1) I asked (verb) him to write (verb).

Hello suryachaitanya,

In 'I asked him to write', 'to' is not a preposition but rather part of the infinitive 'to write'. When 'to' is a preposition, any verb following it would go in the -ing form, e.g. 'I look forward to seeing you'.

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Thanks for useful information about grammar

Please clarify with regard to the below

1) The soldiers passed by.
2) The soldiers passed by the road.

In sentence 1 & 2 passed is the verb
In sentence 1 by is adverb and in sentence 2 by is preposition.
Is it so, Please clarify this.

Hello suryachaitanya,

Yes, I would agree with this. In the first sentence the verb is intransitive and 'by' is an adverb forming part of a phrasal verb. In the second sentence the verb is transitive and 'by' is a preposition with the object 'the road'.

Please note that there is an element of guesswork here. 'Pass by' can have several meanings, and I am assuming that the second sentence means 'moved past/close to the road'.


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Dear Mr. Peter M and Mr.Kirk
I feel embarassed that I only ask questions without being able to repay your kindness
I wish you good health and wish you achieve what you want (unless it is not good)

Greeting to all. Is there any difference between intensifiers and adverbs of degree? Or they are the same

Hello iamsam1987,

This is a very subtle distinction which belongs more to the field of linguistics than language learning. You can find an explanation in the first paragraph on this page.


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Dear Mr. Pter M,
thank you for your time
is there any grammar that can describe simple tense to be used to show present status of somebody's action?
you said I am not sure i accept it shows my current status, but we use present tense to show regular things/scheduled things-or with the use of stative(non-continuous) present status. now you say i am not sure i can accept shows my present status.
please accept my apologies for the same question
to make it a little more clear for my self
does: I help you mean(my current opinion is that I want to help you)// I will help you refers to the future?
if yes what kind of grammar/explanation includes the the firs example? and how actually do we use simple tense to show us our current status (with exception of scheduled things and stative verbs) and is it grammatically correct to say I go to the pub to mean(I am going to the pub) if not, how come I accept means my current status but I go does not show my current status
would you kindly introduce to me the topic of these example to study it a little further please?
thank you very very much

Hello aris,

Generally, when something is in progress or is temporary we use continuous forms; when something is regular and typical or is a permanent state we use simple forms. For example:

I live in London - this is a permanent state; London is my home

I'm living in London - this is a temporary state which may change

I play football - this is a regular activity

I'm playing football - this is in progress as I speak

I help you would describe typical or normal behaviour - something that happens frequently and not just once.

I'm helping you would describe something in progress - I would say this when I am in the middle of helping you.

I'll help you would be an offer or promise of help, and refers to the future.

There are certain groups of words which do not normally occur in continuous forms: emotions (love, hate, like) and opinions (agree, disagree, accept, reject). That is why we say I accept not I'm accepting, for example.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.


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The LearnEnglish Team