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 med.lobo,

After a modal verb, such as 'will', we use an infinitive. However, there are different kinds of infinitive:

We will finish soon. [bare infinitive or infinitive without 'to']

It will be finished soon. [passive infinitive]

We will have finished soon. [perfect infinitive]

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Yes,thank you peter and sorry for annoying. =D
And thanks for this helpful website.

Hi there!

I have some problems with the subordinator YET. Is it used to introduce a concessive adverbial clause? When "yet" is placed at the beginning of a clause, is it interchangeable with "however"?

Hope my questions are clear.

Thanks for your consideration,

Kind regards!


Hello Enzo,

'however' is used to point out a contrast between two points, e.g. 'I don't enjoy watching baseball, however I enjoy playing it'. 'yet' usually suggests something that is surprising because it contradicts what was said earlier in some way, e.g. 'He claims he makes no money, yet he goes on expensive holidays every year'.

There are some cases where both 'however' and 'yet' can be used, as a contrast can be surprising. For example, 'yet' could be used in my first example sentence instead of 'however'. In my second example sentence, however, 'however' is not appropriate.

The difference can be difficult to grasp. You're welcome to write some example sentences for us to comment on if you'd like. I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Your examples were clear enough! So, does "yet" introduce subordinate clauses? If so, what type of adverbial clauses?

Hi Enzo,

While this kind of question is very interesting, it goes a bit beyond what we do here at LearnEnglish, where our main purpose is to help users make use of the site. I'd suggest you do an internet search on this question. One page that I found doing just that looks like it might be very useful, and I'm sure you can find many others by searching yourself.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I had problems with the instructions of "Task 1" of adverbials. I didn't understand what was my task.

Hello Franco,

You have to delete all of the words except for those that are asked for. If that still doesn't make sense, try pressing the Finish button - in that way, you can see the answer to the first sentence to get an idea of what you need to do.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Thanks for your welcome interest. I did as you suggested. All my answers were correct, except n.11, but the computer sad all my answers were wrong. I controlled the spelling too. Perhaps my computer has some problem. I apologize for the disturbance caused.

Best wishes from Italy,

Hello Franco,

That's very strange. I just tried the exercises on my computer and could not reproduce the problem you describe. The only other problem I can think of is extra spaces or line spaces, but when I included these in my answers, the exercise still found my answers correct. Just to be sure, for example, for number 1, you put only the word 'quietly', right?

If so, perhaps it would be best to just skip this exercise. I hate to say that, but it's difficult for me to investigate the problem if I can't recreate it, and, in any case, there are few exercises like this one on LearnEnglish.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team