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

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Task 2

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Task 3

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Hello kisa zehra,

'have had' and 'has had' are both present perfect verb forms. See our present perfect and talking about the past pages for explanations on how to use it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Respected sir,
I wanna ask you that is might used for future and past and May for present .The following sentence
Who that might be?
Who that may be?
Is the second sentence is telling about present likewise ,in can and could i have confusions
I refer to that page you suggest me but can you help me for this?

Hello kisa zehra,

Both 'might' and 'may' can be used to refer to present or future, depending on the context.

Note that when asking a question with these verbs we need to invert the subject and verb, so we say Who might that be? and not Who that might be?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Okay, Sir Krik I got it and still if I find any misconception I'll ask you
Thanx

Respected Sir,
I have a confusion in the usage of will,would,could,shall,can,may and might.
I really tried to understand from different sources but I think you can teach me well please clear my concepts,
Thanx

Hello kisa zehra,

Have you seen our modal verbs section? We're happy to help you, but I'm afraid you'll have to ask a much more specific question than that. You can see some guidelines on the kinds of questions we do and don't answer on our Frequently asked questions page.

We look forward to hearing from you again soon.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
I'd like to know more about the difference between the conjuctions "but" and "and".Where could I find it?
Thank You!

Hello chedD1t,

These are both co-ordinating conjunctions, but while 'and' is used to add additional information 'but' is used to show contrast. If there is a particular example you are interested in then we'll be happy to comment.

For more on co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions see this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I mean the cases when both of the conjuctions act as contrast ones.
E.g.
I wanted him to listen to me BUT he wouldnt even give me the time.
I wanted him to listen to me AND he wouldnt even give me the time.

Hello chedDt1,

I think the difference here is very subtle and the two conjunctions can be swapped without any great change in meaning. I would tentatively suggest that 'and' tends to be used when we are sharing information that is to some degree expected or in accordance with the speaker's expectations, while 'but' tends to be used with something which was unexpected to the speaker or surprising.

For example:

 

A - Bob's not very co-operative, is he?

B - No, he's not. You know, this morning I wanted him to listen to me and he wouldn't even give me the time.

 

A - Have you tried telling Bob?

B - I tried this morning. I wanted him to listen to me but he wouldn't even give me the time.

 

However, this is purely my impression; I have no linguistic data to back it up!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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