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



Hi Team,

Here are two sentences,please look into this in terms of time.
One is,
1.I just finished learning english.
second is,
2.I just now finished learning english..

Here,should we use 'now' after 'just' to express that i have finished learning moments back or is 'just' itself enough as in the first sentence to express time?

Thanks,and Regards,

Hello Nandish,

In general, 'just' by itself expresses that you recently finished learning. But time is relative, so if you really want to emphasise that the action was recent, you can add 'now'.

By the way, I've been speaking English since I was born and am still learning it, so I'm not sure this sentence could really be true of anyone!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,
Yes yes,it cannot be true of anyone!.Took a random example....
Thanks for your info,is really helpful.will come up with more sentence for 'just'...

Best Regards

i cant see diffrences between the catigories of the adverbials i did the last activity really bad how can i slove this? and i cant understand the HOW catigory why did we put those adverbials together ...thanks

Hello meryem21,

I'll explain the categories to you a bit more – I hope this will help you. 'When/How often?' adverbials describe time or frequency in some way, e.g. 'yesterday' and 'every day'. 'Where?' adverbials describe location, e.g. 'in Baghdad'. 'How likely?' adverbials describe the probability of something happening, e.g. 'likely'. 'How?' is a very broad category that in general describes the way in which something is done, e.g. 'quietly' or 'effectively'.

I hope this helps you!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Team,

i have long been confused while finding differences in below sentences,

1.It made me exhausted.
2.It made me lose my mind.

Here what form of parts of speech is 'exhausted'?.

And we are easily substituting exhausted with verb 'lose'.it makes sense though.

In the second sentence are we using verb 'lose' as adverb form which express action ?.

Please help me..


Best Regards,

Hello Nandish,

'exhausted' is used as an adjective here. It is identical in form to the past participle of the verb 'exhaust'. 'make' + object + infinitive is a very common phrase and is the one used in sentence 2.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

In the task 1-adverbials 1, I selectioned the correct adverbials but when I press 'sumit' my score mark is wrong. Furthermore, I think the indication to select the adverbials is not very clear.

My best wishes,

Hello Dalita,

I've just tried the exercise various times myself and could not reproduce the error you mention. Could you please tell me which question doesn't work for you, and exactly what you type in the gap? We certainly want to fix the game if there's an error, and are grateful that you took the time to let us know about it.

I've also changed the instructions and added some hints. Is that clearer now?

Thanks very much for your feedback!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team