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Adverbials

Adverbials are words that we use to give more information about a verb. They can be one word (angrily, here) or phrases (at home, in a few hours) and often say how, where, when or how often something happens or is done, though they can also have other uses.

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Hello. I've got a question.
Could someone tell me which sentence is better?
I went to London with my parents.
I went with my parents to London.

Thank you very much,
Kind regards,

Alice Pirsoul

Hello Alice,

The normal word order here is the first one. We usually say where to before who with. It's not grammatically wrong to say it in a different order, but it is not the normal way and not how we would phrase it.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Could you confirm to me if the next grammar rule is true?:

If the main verb has an auxiliar, the adverb goes after auxiliar and before main verb, for instance: "I have only been there once".
Thanks.

Hello inaki

It's true that adverbs of frequency tend to come before the main verb (in this case, 'been'), but I'm afraid that adverbs can go in many different positions. You can read more about this on the Where adverbials go in a sentence page in this section, as well as this Cambridge Dictionary page.

Hope this helps.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Can you please clarify that adverbs at the beginning of a sentence are said to modify theentire sentence and not a verb. Similarly is it that conjunctive adverbs too modify the complete clause or sentence which they are part of.
Thanks

Hello Bharati

How language is used and what it means vary so much that I'm hesitant to make blanket statements such as those that you seem to be seeking. Many times, but not always, adverbs that express a viewpoint or evaluation go at the beginning of the sentence they modify.

The same is true of conjunctive adverbs. I think it might be better to think of conjunctive adverbs as a kind of link between clauses or ideas, rather than as modifiers.

Hope this helps.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir,
Thanks for the above details.
reference to the description as you mentioned above It might say that " An Adverbial might be a preposition or verb or Noun or any pronoun?

Hello Imran 26

I wouldn't say it that way, because it sounds as if, for example, nouns are adverbials by themselves, which is not true. An adverbial can include a noun (e.g. in a prepositional phrase), but that's a different story.

I'm not sure if I've answered your question. Please feel free to ask again if not.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Are discourse markers, sentence connectors and conjunctive adverbs the same thing called differently by grammarians. If yes, what do they modify? The complete clause following the discourse marker since conjunctive adverbs modify the entire clause to which it is attached(sentence adverbs) .
Thanks

Hi Sir,
I wanna know that what is the difference between ADVERBS and ADVERBIALS ?

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