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.

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Task 2

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Task 3

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Sir, He campaigned or breathed heavily, or He heavily campaigned or breathed heavily.
Is there any difference ?

Hello SonuKumar,

The first ones sound unnatural and the second ones sound natural.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
What's the difference between reduced adverb clauses and participles?

Hello Azim,

There are different kinds of participles. For example, present participles ('talking') and past participles ('talked'). They can be used in participle clauses, which you can read about on our Participle clauses page.

A participle can also be used in place of a relative pronoun and verb. This is called a reduced relative clause. For example, 'The woman who was talking to him was the CEO' can be reduced to 'The woman talking to him was the CEO'.

You're welcome to ask us any further questions you might have about this, but please make your question as specific as possible, and, if possible, with an example sentence.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
Do we use article 'the' before superlative adverbs as we do for superlative adjectives? Which one would be correct?
1. He ran fastest.
2. He ran the fastest.

Thanks

Hello Adya's,

Yes, 'the' is used with superlative adverbs as well -- 2 is correct here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, Could you please tell me If we can make words like this Sometimes we say it is a watchable movie and other times it is a worth watching movie and we speak many sentences What I want to Know is that, Could we make word like this by applying able before verb like watchable or seeable or should we make like worth watching or worth seeing and is there any difference between them please explain?

Hello SonuKumar,

'Worth watching' is more postitive: it means that watching the film or show is recommended.

'Watchable' means that it is not terrible. It does not mean that it is not good, but it only tells us that it is not terrible.

Remember, however, that context and tone of voice are very important in establishing the meaning of such items.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

i'm having a doubt about which one is correct

The girl happily posed for the cameras.
or
The girl posed happily for the cameras

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