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

Exercise

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Hello pumbi,

Have you tried looking it up in the dictionary? There's a definition and numerous example sentences in the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'basically' – I'd encourage you to take a look at them. Note that 'basically' is also discussed in a blog entry on adverbs that are often used to start sentences.

The example sentence you cite implies that the most important thing about the method (for the person who says the sentence) is that the method is very fast.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
I often get confused between adverb of place and preposition of place. Like in the following sentence
The car was parked in front of the house.
I want to know whether 'in front of' here is preposition or adverb of place. How can we differentiate whether a word is preposition of place or adverb of place?

Thanks.

Hello naghmairam,

One simple test to determine whether it's a preposition or adverb is to consider whether the word in question has an object (usually a noun phrase). If it does, then it's a preposition, as prepositions must have an object. Adverbs do not - instead, they modify a verb, adjective or other adverb.

In the sentence you ask about, 'the house' is the object of 'in front of', so it's a preposition here. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir;

I asked the same question under verb topic. But my question is not related that topic.

So I changed the page sir, For the reference, my previuos question link
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/present...

I want to say in English below sentences:

Someone says -- I went to the bank.

Then I want to tell that i did the same thing.

A person : I went to the bank

B person : me too

Can I say "me too" as I also went to the bank ?. In this sentence, I don't refer the verb (went). I want to modify "I".

How can I do that with "also".

Thnks

Hello Hasipumba,

Yes, you could say 'me too', 'so did I' or even 'I did also' (if you really want to use 'also'); the first two forms are more common, as the third is a bit formal-sounding.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

i was tried or i have tried

which one is grammatically correct

Hello taj25,

Both are correct, though they can mean different things. It depends on the context.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Guys,

In the example I see:
We met in London. (only "London" is bold)
But when I do the exercises:
My grandmother spent the first sixteen years of her life in India. (where "in India" is marked as the correct answer).
Could you please explain that?

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