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 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.

Halo friends.....
I have one problems, can someone kindly advise me.......
Which one of the following is correctly....
1. He quickly went out to the garden.
2. He went out quickly to the garden.
3. He went out to the garden quickly.

Hello everyone....
(When will they be finished?) I read this sentence in a quiz and I want to know what we use after be in this case adj or p.p and can I say When will the party be started?.
thank you....

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