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 teachers ,
Perhaps the weather will be fine, the sample above.
Is the adverbial 'Perhaps' modifying the verb 'be' or adjective 'fine'?

Hello grammar2015,

I'm afraid that this sort of detailed grammatical analysis isn't what we are here for – we are here to help users make use of the site to learn to understand and communicate in English. I'm not sure what a syntactician would say, but I'd say that 'perhaps' modifies the entire clause.

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The LearnEnglish Team

How often are you late for school?
If we want to answer this question using an adverb of frequency, shall we say:
I am never late for school, or I never late for school.

Thank you

Hello lisa-chriki,

We have a page which deals with the position of adverbs in the sentence - you can find it here.

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The LearnEnglish Team

dear kind learning english staff
sir, there are two types of sentences .....exclamatory and optative
sir there is also a part of speech which interjection is a word....
now my question is what are the diffrences between part of speech and sentence? which i've written above

Hello poo koli,

I'd suggest you look up both these terms in the wikipedia, where you'll explanations and photos. Part of speech is a category for classifying words, e.g. verb, noun, adjective. Many words can function as different parts of speech depending on how they are used. A sentence is a group of words (with different parts of speech) that express an idea. Many sentences end with a full stop (.) – this comment has five sentences.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Teachers,
"The police are looking for us" is a sentence in the 7th question of the first exercise. Is it correct? if yes, why? I'd rather say "the police is looking for us"

And speaking to "rather" : is it correct "I'd rather say....I'd rather prefer....I'd rather +Verb?
thanks a lot

Dear Michela,

As you can see in the dictionary entry for 'police', it is a plural noun - that is why the verb is plural in the exercise. To talk about one person from the police, we generally say 'police officer'.

'would rather' + verb is used to talk about preferences, so yes, you can say 'I'd rather say nothing', but not 'I'd rather prefer' - this would be like saying 'I'd prefer prefer'!

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The LearnEnglish Team

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.

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The LearnEnglish Team