Adverbials

 

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

Comments

Hi Kirk

Still not getting the Adverbials 1 correct if there is place where the answer need to be typed accurately please let me know, as I'm getting confused on it. for e.g. Adverbials of manner:
Alice said goodnight to the children and quietly shut the bedroom door. (1 word) where do I type the adverb quietly without any space.

Rgds

Wilson

Hi Peter M

Well for example in Adverbials 1 the first e.g. Alice said goodnight to the children and quietly shut the bedroom door. the adverb here is clearly "quietly" but when it is mentioned below the sentence it gives me a wrong so how should one enter the reply

Rgds

Wilson

Hi Wilson,

That's strange - I just did the exercise myself; leaving only the word "quietly" (as you correctly suggest) and then pressing the Finish button, I got the answer correct. I did the same using the Check Answers button and got the same result.

Did you perhaps leave a space or other characters (e.g. (1 word)) in your answer?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk

Well I tired to answer the Adverbials 1, even after giving the right answer it gives be a that I'm wrong is it the placement of the answer only this part is a bit confusing can you clarify?

Rgds

Wilson

Hi Wilson,

I'm not sure what you mean.  I've tested the activity and it seems to be working fine, recognising the correct answers whatever order I put them in.  Could you let us know what exactly happened, please?  Which words in which columns were marked as incorrect?  We'll see if we can replicate the problem.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

The Learn English team,

When we make questions in passive voice, What form we should put the infinitive? past participle or present simple???

Tharindu

Hi Thari,

Have you seen our active and passive voice and question forms pages? Please be sure to look for answers to your questions on the site before asking - there is a search box to help you find answers. And when ask a question, please ask it on a relevant page (e.g. a question about verbs should go on a page related to verbs, not adverbials) and make it as specific as possible and with an example if possible.

Thanks and best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

The Learn English team,

* He do it very well.
*He does it very well.

What is the correct one?

Tharindu

Hello Tharindu,

'He does it very well' is correct.  'He' is a third-person form, and so 'does' is needed.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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