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



Hi there... just want to know if adverbials is the same meaning with modifier
thanks a lot :)

Hello nick_axe,

These are not synonyms. A modifier is any word which changes or adds to the meaning of another word. An adverbial is a more specific category. You can find definitions and examples of each of these by using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of this page.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Learnenglish Team,

I have little hindrance while using always and ever.
can we use them interchangeably? ,as in below statements,

1.I have always had good fortunes.
2.I have ever had good fortunes.

Thanks and regards,

Hello Nandish,

No, it's quite unusual nowadays to use 'ever' to mean 'always'. You can find it in some different expressions where it has that meaning, but it's not usually used independently in that way.

Most of the time, 'ever' is used in questions to mean 'at any time', e.g. 'Have you ever visited the Taj Mahal?'

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear kind Learn English staff,

As understood from the elaborate explanation above, adjectives can only be placed after linking verbs. However, it's been quite confusing with some other verbs, that is not being able to use adjectives after the verb where I desire to describe the subject and not the verb. An example of the case would be: "I walked home tired". Although probably wrong, I'm describing the subject "I" and not the verb "walked". How can I do that correctly. Hope I've explained my query clearly. Thank you!

Hello Arctic Wolf,

Sometimes, and especially in an informal style, some adjectives can be used as adverbs of manner. For example, 'slow' in 'drive slow!' or 'tight' in 'hold on tight!' The same is true of 'tired' in the sentence you ask about.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Thank you for your kind and helpful reply. Taking it a little further, would it be grammatically acceptable to say "He walked home tired of work", "He walked home disappointed by his colleagues" or even "He walked home frustrated by work"?
Grateful to your valuable help and support.

Hello Arctic Wolf,

Those sentences, though unusual, sound natural to me, so I'd say yes. I'd probably say 'disappointed with' instead of 'disappointed by', though.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

I'm most certainly thankful to you for taking the time to respond to my query in such a helpful and diligent manner.

Warm regards.