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

Dear Sir
Please let me know either both or only one is correct. then which one.
e.g He quietly shut the door.
He shut the door quietly..
Thank you.
Rrgards

Hi Lal,

The second one is much more common than the first and is the sentence I would recommend you use. The first one is not exactly wrong, but would only be used in some kind of specific context.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I am confused about the use of "most" or "the most".
Is it correct to say " I love all people but I love my parents most." or ".....the most" and why?
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

You can use either 'most' or 'the most' as adverbs. Both are correct and there is no difference in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, We'll give our listeners a choice of two songs to get one of them played on the radio by us and they'll decide (choose) as to which song to be played.
Two more sentences In this regard.
Could you please tell me as to what songs you have played so far on the radio.

I have no explanation about 'as to' How and why they did it.

Now this question is, Can we drop the preposition 'as to', is it even necessary to use it here if not, then why, where are we supposed to use 'as to' or 'about' exactly ?

Hi SonuKumar,

I wouldn't use 'as to' in any of the sentences you ask about. If you remove 'as to', they are both correct, though the first one needs the word 'is' before 'to be played' to be grammatical.

'as to' means something like 'regarding', but is fairly rare, especially in contexts that are not formal. It doesn't seem natural to me to use it in either of the contexts these sentences suggest, so I'd be hard pressed to explain why someone used them there.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

'At the Learn English or on the Learn English', I know both prepositions 'at' and 'on' are used, but I'm just wondering why the speaket uses 'at' and why use 'on'? So that I get the point/reason. For example.

Articles at the Learn English are very helpful.
Articles on the Learn English are very helpful.
At Wikipedia or on Wikipedia

Hi whitekrystal,

I'm afraid I couldn't find the sentence that you are referring to. In any case, I'm not sure I could have explained the usage of 'at' or 'on', as both can be used in some cases. In general, I think people speak of content being 'on' a website and of performing actions 'at' websites, though I doubt you will find much consistency here.

I would say 'The articles on LearnEnglish are helpful'. As for the Wikipedia, honestly I'd probably say 'Wikipedia articles are useful', but if I had to say it another way, I'd probably say 'on the Wikipedia'.

I'm sorry I can't give you a firmer answer. As far as I know, there is quite a bit of variation here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir. But why do you use "the" in "on the Wikipedia?" While in "on LearnEnglish", you don't say "on the LearnEnglish."

Hi whitekrystal,

Yes, we use 'the' before 'Wikipedia' but not 'LearnEnglish'.

In the case of 'LearnEnglish', 'LearnEnglish' is a proper name of sorts, just as we'd say 'on Yahoo' (and not 'on the Yahoo') or 'on Facebook' (and not 'on the Facebook').

In the case of the Wikipedia, I suppose it has to do with the fact that the word 'Wikipedia' is a derivation of the word 'encyclopedia'. When we refer to reference books (e.g. dictionary, encyclopedia, Wikipedia), we use 'the'. This is just the way people speak -- as far as I know, there is no other rule that explains this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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