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




Thank you, Kirk,
Your kind reply was very helpful, full and complete indeed.
Best regards,

Thank you very much, Kirk

No sir now i got it ,thank you :)

No, its a question sir.... my teacher says I is subjective case and me is objective and i didnt get her what she meant so that previous question made more confused

Hello kisa zehra,

Then the correct question is 'May Aysha and I go to university?' What you teacher means is that 'I' is used as the subject of a verb. For example, if you say 'I see the dog', 'I' is the person who is seeing. But if you say 'The dog sees me', 'me' is not the person seeing – it's the dog who is seeing. 'me' is used when it is the object of a verb.

I hope that helps you. If not, I'd encourage you to ask your teacher, as I'm sure she can explain it in a useful way for you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Whats the differnce b/w these two sentences or are they correct or not:-
May I and aysha go to university.
May me and aysha go to university.

Hello kisa zehra,

It's not clear to me whether you want to ask a question or express a wish. In either case, in standard English, it's generally considered more polite to put the other person's name before 'I' or 'me'. In this case, 'I' is a subject of the verb (not an object), so 'I' is better than 'me'.

If you want to express a wish, I'd say 'May Aysha and I go to university.' If you want to ask a question (asking for permission), the sentence is the same, but with a question mark (?) at the end.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

some words like rather, very, slightly, etc are types of adjectives and adverbs. So, how to differentiate between adverbs and adjectives?

Hello Salie108,

All of those words are adverbs, not adjectives, so there is no confusion there.

There are words which have the same form as adverbs and adjectives - fast and live are examples. With words like these you need to look at the context and decide what the word is describing and what its role in the sentence is.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to know the correct question tag for this sentence
He must have been here before