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

Exercise

Task 2

Exercise

Task 3

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Comments

Hello Marua,

Yes, that is correct -- both aspects are possible and the verb forms you use after 'as' in these two sentences are correct. 'silence broke' isn't clear to me, though; perhaps 'the silence was broken'?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Teachers,
Could you kindly tell me which of the following sentences is correct with explanation:
1. I am very disappointed/tired.
2. I am very much disappointed/tired.
3. I am much disappointed/tired.
4. I am much too disappointed/tired.
5. I am too much disappointed/tired.

Hello souba73,

The first one is the correct one. We're happy to help you understand this, but please tell us why you think the others may not be correct and we'll correct you as needed.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Teachers,
Please comment.

Is this phrase gramatically correct?
"Although Chirstmas season is in summer in Australia,..."
"in Australia" is an adverbial of place, right?

Hello viettungvuong,

The sentence needs to be slightly changed:

Although Christmas is in the summer in Australia...

We generally just say 'Christmas' for the whole period as well as for just the day.

'In Australia' is an adverbial of place. You can read more about these on this page.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
A restaurant on the top of the building.
A restaurant at the top of the building.
Which one is correct?
Thanks!

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,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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