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




Hello kisa zehra,

Have you seen our modal verbs section? We're happy to help you, but I'm afraid you'll have to ask a much more specific question than that. You can see some guidelines on the kinds of questions we do and don't answer on our Frequently asked questions page.

We look forward to hearing from you again soon.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to know more about the difference between the conjuctions "but" and "and".Where could I find it?
Thank You!

Hello chedD1t,

These are both co-ordinating conjunctions, but while 'and' is used to add additional information 'but' is used to show contrast. If there is a particular example you are interested in then we'll be happy to comment.

For more on co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions see this page.


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The LearnEnglish Team

I mean the cases when both of the conjuctions act as contrast ones.
I wanted him to listen to me BUT he wouldnt even give me the time.
I wanted him to listen to me AND he wouldnt even give me the time.

Hello chedDt1,

I think the difference here is very subtle and the two conjunctions can be swapped without any great change in meaning. I would tentatively suggest that 'and' tends to be used when we are sharing information that is to some degree expected or in accordance with the speaker's expectations, while 'but' tends to be used with something which was unexpected to the speaker or surprising.

For example:


A - Bob's not very co-operative, is he?

B - No, he's not. You know, this morning I wanted him to listen to me and he wouldn't even give me the time.


A - Have you tried telling Bob?

B - I tried this morning. I wanted him to listen to me but he wouldn't even give me the time.


However, this is purely my impression; I have no linguistic data to back it up!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good dictionaries such as Cambridge Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary would help you out.

Please sir
Explain me about adverbial how likely.

Hello Akhil,

That's a very general question and not really the kind of question which we can answer in the comments section because of length. If you can provide an example sentence, however, then we'll be happy to comment on it.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,


The LearnEnglish Team