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 sir:
I want know what the difference between adverb ( really) & ( very )
why we say it's really delicious not it very delicious
Also, we say : really recommended not very recommended
is there a rule ?

Hello nkmg,

You can find more on 'really' and 'very' on our Intensifiers and Adjectives (gradable/non-gradable) pages and also in the Cambridge Dictionary.

'delicious' is a strong adjective (see the Intensifiers page), which means that it already includes the idea of 'very' in it. This is why you can't use 'very' with it, but 'really' is OK.

Although you can find examples of 'very recommended' on the internet, you're right, in general, there are other intensifiers (such as 'highly' or 'strongly') that are much more common. These are collocations, the words that people tend to use with 'recommended'. It's always a good idea to look at the example sentences in dictionaries such as Oxford and Cambridge to see how they are used.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

"A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the
fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly."
Is this sentence is correct?

Hello ashok kumar0006,

Except for the last part ('... and flames spreading more quickly') it is. I'd suggest '... making ignition easier and the spread of flames quicker'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to know why in the phrase "I don’t know where the keys are but they’re not in the car for sure. I’ve looked!", used in the exercise 1, I can't tell that the expression "in the car" is a adverbial.

Hello Diogo Diniz,

You're absolutely right! I've fixed both Task 1 and Task 2 so that they are correct now. Thanks very much for point out this error to us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Respected Sir,
I found in many sentences the usage of "have had " or "has had" consecutively.
Eg:- I have had a lot of homework this week.
I don't know when to use such structure in a sentence ?

Hello kisa zehra,

'have had' and 'has had' are both present perfect verb forms. See our present perfect and talking about the past pages for explanations on how to use it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Respected sir,
I wanna ask you that is might used for future and past and May for present .The following sentence
Who that might be?
Who that may be?
Is the second sentence is telling about present likewise ,in can and could i have confusions
I refer to that page you suggest me but can you help me for this?

Hello kisa zehra,

Both 'might' and 'may' can be used to refer to present or future, depending on the context.

Note that when asking a question with these verbs we need to invert the subject and verb, so we say Who might that be? and not Who that might be?


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team