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



Hello Anak,

'Good' is an adjective which is used, for example, to describe nouns:

He did a good job.

'Well' is an adverb which is used, for example, to describe verbs:

He worked well.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Can you tell me the difference between "during" and "while"? as I am confused of using them.
example:I have met him during my vacations, and I have met him while on my vacations.
thanks in advance.

Hello chenlyfen60,

The meaning is the same but, as your examples show, their use is slightly different. 'During' is followed by a noun:

duing the holiday

during the weeked

during my lesson

'While' is followed by a sentence or an -ing form:

while I was working

while I was at work

while reading a book

while travelling home

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi chenlyfen60, I am a student like you in this forum, therefore take a second advice after reading my answer.

My answer-

The word 'during' is a preposition and 'while' is a conjunction

(conjunction= words which usually join sentences).
(preposition= the words/terms which tell about the position of one thing to another)

your sentence 'I have met him during my vacations' is perfect, but if you want to use while then say ' while being on my vacations' OR 'while I was on my vacations' which is better.

Hi, which between these two sentences is correct? I usually use the second one. Pls help.

6 hours more to go.
6 more hours to go.

Hi nishantaims,

Both of those are perfectly acceptable.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Regarding the use of adverbs, is it correct to say that always, never, etc. go after the subject, except for verb to be, in which case it would go afterwards, i.e.;
I am always late for school
I always get there on time
Thanks for the clarification.
Regards, Maricela

Hello Maricela,

You are correct that these adverbs generally come before the main verb unless the verb is 'be', in which case they come after.  That's not quite the same as coming after the subject, however.  When there is a long verb phrase with multiple auxiliary verbs the position is a little more complex: the adverb generally comes after the first auxiliary verb. For example:

I always go for a run in the morning.

I have always gone for a run in the morning.

She would always have been going for a run, whatever the weather.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Would you please tell me the difference between "lot" and "lots"? When shall we use lot and when shall we use lots?
There is lot of work to do.
Lots of people think so.
Let me know the difference.

Hello again chandini,

a lot of and lots of are synonyms, i.e. they mean the same thing. You can learn more about them and other similar words on our quantifiers page.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team