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 team :
can we use adverb to describe nouns
I read this sentence in subtital
of can programm
(it's named for rabidly declining low system)
why here rapidly not rapid

Hello nkmg,

The adverb 'rabidly' here does not describe a noun but an adjective: rabidly (adv) declining (adj).

Adverbs can describe pronouns but not nouns: absolutely everyone / hardly anyone / nearly all.

Certain adverbs can also function as adjectives, but they are not adverbs when used in this way: the very idea shocks me / at the very bottom of the sea.



The LearnEnglish Team

A restaurant on the top of the building.
A restaurant at the top of the building.
Which one is correct?

Hello Manishb,

'At' has a more general meaning than 'on'. When we say 'at the top of the building' we might mean anything from the top floor or two to the actual roof, while 'on the top of the building' would be used when something is literally standing on the roof.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi dear teachers.
This is Ali from Iran,first of all i would say thank you for your amazing website ,i really like it.
I have question from you,how can i improve my konwing in vocabulary,i mean difficult vocab and difficult synonym,no just simple words.
Best wish Ali.

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I'm very glad you're finding LearnEnglish useful, and we appreciate you letting us know. I would recommend you follow the advice on improving your vocabulary in our Frequently asked questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Noted Maam,

Lacking transmittal letter for us to received the above submission.

Please be guided accordingly.


Hello Meeja,

I'm afraid I don't understand this message very well. Perhaps with context I could make more sense of it, but without knowing what it refers to it's difficult to say much more than that it seems to communicate that a 'transmittal letter' that was expected did not arrive.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team