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.

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Task 2

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Hello kisa zehra,

It's not clear to me whether you want to ask a question or express a wish. In either case, in standard English, it's generally considered more polite to put the other person's name before 'I' or 'me'. In this case, 'I' is a subject of the verb (not an object), so 'I' is better than 'me'.

If you want to express a wish, I'd say 'May Aysha and I go to university.' If you want to ask a question (asking for permission), the sentence is the same, but with a question mark (?) at the end.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

some words like rather, very, slightly, etc are types of adjectives and adverbs. So, how to differentiate between adverbs and adjectives?

Hello Salie108,

All of those words are adverbs, not adjectives, so there is no confusion there.

There are words which have the same form as adverbs and adjectives - fast and live are examples. With words like these you need to look at the context and decide what the word is describing and what its role in the sentence is.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to know the correct question tag for this sentence
He must have been here before

Hello Emad Fawzy,

To make a question tag you use the auxiliary verb, which in this case is 'must'. As the sentence is an affirmative sentence the tag is generally negative, so the tag would be 'mustn't he'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir ;

I have heard that people always use the word "Basically" .
Sometimes it is difficult to figure out the meaning.

Example :

It is basically very fast method.

Thanks

Hello pumbi,

Have you tried looking it up in the dictionary? There's a definition and numerous example sentences in the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'basically' – I'd encourage you to take a look at them. Note that 'basically' is also discussed in a blog entry on adverbs that are often used to start sentences.

The example sentence you cite implies that the most important thing about the method (for the person who says the sentence) is that the method is very fast.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
I often get confused between adverb of place and preposition of place. Like in the following sentence
The car was parked in front of the house.
I want to know whether 'in front of' here is preposition or adverb of place. How can we differentiate whether a word is preposition of place or adverb of place?

Thanks.

Hello naghmairam,

One simple test to determine whether it's a preposition or adverb is to consider whether the word in question has an object (usually a noun phrase). If it does, then it's a preposition, as prepositions must have an object. Adverbs do not - instead, they modify a verb, adjective or other adverb.

In the sentence you ask about, 'the house' is the object of 'in front of', so it's a preposition here. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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