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




Sorry of the discomfort,
In relation to the below comment,

In sentences 1 and 2, does 'to write' act as infinitive (noun).

Please clarify the below.

1) I have asked him to write neatly.
2) I have asked him to write neat.

I feel 2 is the correct way to express because in 1 neatly (adverb) is not related to verb have asked but in 2 neat is used as an adjective to describe how to write.

3) I have asked him clearly.

In this sentence the clearly (adverb) describes about verb have asked.

So I feel 2&3 are correct.
Is this so, or my way of thinking is unclear.
Please help me.

Hello suryachaitanya,

In sentence 1, 'neatly' goes with the verb 'write' (infinitive forms are not generally considered nouns in English) – it's a way of writing. The adjective form doesn't work here, because there is no noun for it to modify. In 3, there 'clearly', as an adverb, can only go with the verb 'asked' – there is no other adjective or adverb that it could modify.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

So does it mean that a preposition can take a verb afrer it.
1) I asked (verb) him to write (verb).

Hello suryachaitanya,

In 'I asked him to write', 'to' is not a preposition but rather part of the infinitive 'to write'. When 'to' is a preposition, any verb following it would go in the -ing form, e.g. 'I look forward to seeing you'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for useful information about grammar

Please clarify with regard to the below

1) The soldiers passed by.
2) The soldiers passed by the road.

In sentence 1 & 2 passed is the verb
In sentence 1 by is adverb and in sentence 2 by is preposition.
Is it so, Please clarify this.

Hello suryachaitanya,

Yes, I would agree with this. In the first sentence the verb is intransitive and 'by' is an adverb forming part of a phrasal verb. In the second sentence the verb is transitive and 'by' is a preposition with the object 'the road'.

Please note that there is an element of guesswork here. 'Pass by' can have several meanings, and I am assuming that the second sentence means 'moved past/close to the road'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Mr. Peter M and Mr.Kirk
I feel embarassed that I only ask questions without being able to repay your kindness
I wish you good health and wish you achieve what you want (unless it is not good)

Greeting to all. Is there any difference between intensifiers and adverbs of degree? Or they are the same