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Adverbials

Adverbials are words that we use to give more information about a verb. They can be one word (angrily, here) or phrases (at home, in a few hours) and often say how, where, when or how often something happens or is done, though they can also have other uses.

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Hello team
Yesterday I saw this two sentence:
He quickly reads a book.
You can easily open this tin.
Adverb comes after a verb.Are sentences true?

Hello Yigitcan,

The position of adverbs in sentences in English is quite flexible. Generally, the adverb comes before the verb rather than after. Where there is an auxiliary verb, the adverb comes before the main verb (after the auxiliary verb.

For your examples, all of these are correct options:

He quickly reads a book.

He reads a book quickly.

You can easily open this tin.

You can open this tin easily.

With other examples there may be more options. The adverb can come at the start of the sentence, for example, especially if it is an adverb of time (yesterday, earlier etc).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you teacher.

Hello! I'd like to clarify the difference between the phrases, "in school" and "at school", and when they appropriately used.

Thank you very much!

Hello Timmy,

I think the main difference is that in school is more common in US English, while at school is preferred in most contexts in UK English.

In terms of meaning/use, I think in UK English in school tends to mean that a person attends school (i.e. is a pupil), while at school tends to mean that the person is physically there:

My children are still in school. [= they have not graduated yet]

My children are still at achool. [they have not come home yet]

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much! This is really helpful!

It's really helpful.

Hello,
I would like to ask the following
1.Can we use the : short of in order to say up to a point.
For example
Question : Did you understand what I said?
Answer :Short of(up to point?, a little rtc)
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23

Yes, though please note that it's 'sort of' (or 'kind of'), not 'short of'.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Can "more than"/less than/as good as etc. be used as phrasal adverbs in example sentences :-
1. He was more than(meaning very) deserving.
2. Less than 40 People were present(less than is modifying forty)
3. It is as good as(meaning almost) lost.
Best regards

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