Adverbials

 

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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Comments

Teachers,
Would is used much times. But i can't understand how use would. Some teachers say would is past of should. But would is used more than that.

Tharindu,

Hello Tharindu,

You're right that would is used in many different ways. I'd suggest you read our will or would page for more information.

As for your other question (above), both sentences are correct, but they mean slightly different things: "I can't understand" implies that you have made an effort to understand something, but still don't understand it.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello :),
Can you tell me deferent between "good" and "well".

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,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear,Sir,
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,

 

Peter

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,

 

Peter

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

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