How we make adverbials

Learn what adverbials are and do the exercises to practise using them.

An adverbial can be an adverb:

He spoke angrily.
They live here.
We will be back soon.

or an adverb with an intensifier:

He spoke really angrily.
They live just here.
We will go quite soon.

or a prepositional phrase:

He spoke in an angry voice.
They live in London.
We will go in a few minutes.

or a noun phrase:

It rained this morning.
They went to Cambodia last summer.

or a clause:

They went to the mountains because they like to ski.
She played tennis when she was young.

Adverbials 1

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Adverbials 2

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Adverbials 3

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Submitted by Kunthea on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 11:34

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Hello teachers! For the second point of 'How we make adverbials', an adverb with a quantifier. I need your help with these examples: He spoke really angrily. They live just here. We will go quite soon. Are the words 'really, just, quite' quantifiers? If I'm not mistaken since I've learned in this website so far, they are called 'intensifiers and mitigators'. Which means they are used to make adjectives stronger or less strong. How can they be quantifiers? One more thing, if they are intensifiers or mitigators, do they mean to make adverbs stronger or less strong like adjectives too? Thank you with the help!

Hello Kunthea,

Yes, I'd say you're right about this. We are going to consider how to best revise this page and then will fix it sometime soon.

I'm very sorry for any confusion this may have caused and thank you very much for pointing this out to us!

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm happy to do it. I've learned a lot from this helpful website. Thank you!
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 23:51

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It's really improves my knowledge.

Submitted by Yerlan on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 09:02

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If "clear" is adverb, then why isn't it "clearly"?

Submitted by Yerlan on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 08:59

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Hello Dear tacher, Please tell me whether the word "clear" is adjective or adverb in this sentence below " Read clear grammar explanations" it comes after verb and before noun. Thaks a lot.

Hello Yerlan

'clear' is an adjective here -- it tells us more about the grammar explanations. If it was an adverb, it would be 'clearly'.

I'd suggest you check words like these in the dictionary (follow the links in the previous paragraph).

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nada Ibrahim on Fri, 25/10/2019 - 02:49

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Dear Sir, Is "together" an adverb of manner?
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Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 25/10/2019 - 06:56

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Hello Nada Ibrahim,

'Together' can be an adverb or an adjective.

When used as an adverb, you could say that it describes the manner in which an action is done. However, 'adverb of manner' is really a descriptive term which teachers use rather than a real linguistic term. It describes the function of the adverb in a particular example rather than being a category in which the word belongs.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Darshanie Ratnawalli on Wed, 15/08/2018 - 17:16

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Please tell me if the adverb 'already' is a sentence adverb (an adverb modifying a whole sentence/clause) in the following examples 1) She was running quite fast already when she started speed training 2) She was already very thin when she had liposuction 3)My mother was already pregnant when she married my father

Hello Darshanie Ratnawalli,

'already' is not a sentence adverb here, nor is it commonly used as one. Sentence adverbs typically go at the beginning of the sentence -- you can read more about them here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by philharis on Fri, 08/06/2018 - 02:23

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Hello sirs, is this sentence correct'' the woman who sell fish also sell yam''. regards.

Hello philharis,

Not quite. You need to use the third-person form after 'the woman':

The woman who sells fish also sells yams.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team