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



Your examples were clear enough! So, does "yet" introduce subordinate clauses? If so, what type of adverbial clauses?

Hi Enzo,

While this kind of question is very interesting, it goes a bit beyond what we do here at LearnEnglish, where our main purpose is to help users make use of the site. I'd suggest you do an internet search on this question. One page that I found doing just that looks like it might be very useful, and I'm sure you can find many others by searching yourself.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I had problems with the instructions of "Task 1" of adverbials. I didn't understand what was my task.

Hello Franco,

You have to delete all of the words except for those that are asked for. If that still doesn't make sense, try pressing the Finish button - in that way, you can see the answer to the first sentence to get an idea of what you need to do.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Thanks for your welcome interest. I did as you suggested. All my answers were correct, except n.11, but the computer sad all my answers were wrong. I controlled the spelling too. Perhaps my computer has some problem. I apologize for the disturbance caused.

Best wishes from Italy,

Hello Franco,

That's very strange. I just tried the exercises on my computer and could not reproduce the problem you describe. The only other problem I can think of is extra spaces or line spaces, but when I included these in my answers, the exercise still found my answers correct. Just to be sure, for example, for number 1, you put only the word 'quietly', right?

If so, perhaps it would be best to just skip this exercise. I hate to say that, but it's difficult for me to investigate the problem if I can't recreate it, and, in any case, there are few exercises like this one on LearnEnglish.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

which preposition should we use with the word " page" at or on?

Thanks in advance

Hello zagrus,

Normal usage is 'on page xx'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team