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

Exercise

Task 2

Exercise

Task 3

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Hello kisa zehra,

You're right, here you should say 'makes'. This is because 'this beautiful feature' is a singular noun phrase.

I wouldn't say this is a silly question, and you are welcome to ask us questions, though please note that our primary purpose is to help users get the most out of our site. So sometimes we don't answer questions that are unrelated to what's here. Also, we don't answer general questions that would require lengthy explanations. So the more specific your question is, the more likely it is that we can answer it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Still i have a confusion in adverbs and adverbials

Hello kisa zehra,

An adverb is a kind of word. An adverbial is anything - a word or a phrase - which has the function of adverb. In other words, adverbials include adverbs and also phrases.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I didn't get what's the diff b/w adverb and adverbials

Hello everyone :
when i seared the meaning of this word ( Realistically) i found it adverb and in the explain of the word i found this sentence
Realistically speaking, he hadn't a hope, but that didn't stop him trying.
( Realistically speaking), can we put adverb before a noun

Hello again nkmg,

Adverbs cannot directly modify nouns (e.g. 'he is a very boy' is not grammatical), but they can go before them, as in the sentence you ask about. Notice that there is a comma after 'realistically speaking', which indicates that it is an adverbial that modifies the whole phrase after it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Employee pleaded guilty to supplying information to other organizations.

Employee pleaded guility of supplying information to other organizations.

Could please answer which is right and what is difference in meaning by changing 'to' with 'of'.

Hello Learningforbetter,

The first sentence is correct here, I would say. The reason is that the preposition 'to' is related to the verb 'plead'. We use 'of' with a different verb:

The employee pleaded guilty to supplying information to other organizations.

The employee was guility of supplying information to other organizations.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry of the discomfort,
In relation to the below comment,

In sentences 1 and 2, does 'to write' act as infinitive (noun).

Please clarify the below.

1) I have asked him to write neatly.
Or
2) I have asked him to write neat.

I feel 2 is the correct way to express because in 1 neatly (adverb) is not related to verb have asked but in 2 neat is used as an adjective to describe how to write.

3) I have asked him clearly.

In this sentence the clearly (adverb) describes about verb have asked.

So I feel 2&3 are correct.
Is this so, or my way of thinking is unclear.
Please help me.

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