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





I saw this sentence "She was deeply hurt that she had not been invited." from dictionary.
Is "that she had not been invited" an adverb clause?
Does "that" equal "because"?

Hello hahalulu,

In the sentence you ask about, 'that' begins a 'that'-clause which follows the adjective 'hurt'. Although you could replace 'that' with 'because' and it would mean the same thing, 'that' doesn't really mean anything by itself, but rather makes a connection between the clauses before and after it. There are many adjectives that can be followed by a that-clause, e.g. 'I was proud that my son had finished the race' in the same way as here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Kirk, thank you so much!

I'm really poor in grammar.Thanks for your help.

Hello kinal,

You're welcome! Just so you know, in addition to these pages, you can learn lots of useful grammar in Word on the Street Language Focus videos, as well as Elementary Podcasts.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Oh I see, thanks Peter :)

Hello Teachers! I want to ask if adverbials are the same with adverbs? Thanks!

- Aaron

Hello Aaron,

'Adverbs' are individual words, such as 'quickly', 'hard' or 'always'.

'Adverbials' include adverbs, but also include phrases which have an adverbial function, such as 'at six o'clock', 'scratching his chin' or 'as quickly as possible'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I am confused between comparative adjectives and comparative adverbs. Which sentence in each pair is correct is correct?
A1: He should speak louder.
A2: He should speak more loudly.
B1: You should type quicker.
B2: You should type more quickly.
It seems that both are used in everyday speech!

Hello SSF66,

You are correct that both sentences in each pair are used, and both are correct. The meaning is the same within each pair.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team