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




Oh I see, thanks Peter :)

Hello Teachers! I want to ask if adverbials are the same with adverbs? Thanks!

- Aaron

Hello Aaron,

'Adverbs' are individual words, such as 'quickly', 'hard' or 'always'.

'Adverbials' include adverbs, but also include phrases which have an adverbial function, such as 'at six o'clock', 'scratching his chin' or 'as quickly as possible'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I am confused between comparative adjectives and comparative adverbs. Which sentence in each pair is correct is correct?
A1: He should speak louder.
A2: He should speak more loudly.
B1: You should type quicker.
B2: You should type more quickly.
It seems that both are used in everyday speech!

Hello SSF66,

You are correct that both sentences in each pair are used, and both are correct. The meaning is the same within each pair.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good Morning Teachers,

An English teacher of mine just told me that

last 5 seconds can replace 5 seconds ago
last 3 weeks can replace 3 weeks ago
last 7 months can replace 7 months ago

as adverbial of time. is that correct? Because so far i know "last 5 seconds" is a period of time, in contrary "5 seconds ago" is a point of time. But my teacher said that it was the same.

Could you please explain to me? Thanks for your help

Hello Rony,

As far as I know, these two expressions mean something different. 'X + unit of time + ago' refers to a point in time in the past and 'in the last + X + unit of time' refers to a period beginning at the time stated and continuing up until the present. But there are many varieties of English around the world, and it may well be that in parts of Asia the two expressions are used to mean the same thing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening
I have an assignment which I have to finish before Wednesday, The teacher told us to write three sentences about adverbial clauses, one of time, another of manner and one of place.
She also asked us to analyse each sentence.
I have already started writing notes after revising your interesting lessons.
Would you mind checking it for me?

1. Do not disturb me when I am busy with my work.
This is an example of → adverbial clause of time.
The independent clause is → “Do not disturb me”
The dependent clause is → “when I am busy with my work”
The subordinator is → “when”
The subject-verb combination is → “I am”
The adverbial clause in this example follows the independent clause and specifies or tells the time when the speaker doesn’t want to be disturbed.

2. She slept as if she was a baby.
This is an example of → adverbial clause of manner.
The independent clause is → “She slept”
The dependent clause is → “as if she was a baby”
The subordinator is → “as if”
The subject-verb combination is → “she was”
The adverbial clause in this example follows the independent clause and specifies how she slept.

3. Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.( I am completely not sure about this one)
This is an example of → adverbial clause of place.
The independent clause is → “Walk - keep going”
The dependent clause is → “past the bank - to the end of the street”
The subordinator is → “past - to”
The subject-verb combination is → “ - ”
The adverbial clauses in this example follow the independent clauses and specify the direction where the listener should move.

I do apologize for making it so long.
Thank you

Hello Haneen,

Your first two sentences look good. I would say that sentence 3 doesn't have a dependent clause, but is rather two clauses ('walk past the bank' and 'keep going to the end of the street') joined by 'and'. Instead, you might want to try forming an adverbial clause of location with 'where', e.g. 'He didn't know where they were taking him'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much Mr. Kirk ^_^
I do appreciate your help.