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 zagrus,

Both sentences are correct.  In English we often miss out words which are repeated in the sentence - such as 'close' in your sentence - because it makes the sentence simpler and, often, more elegant.  The name for this is 'ellipsis'.  I would say the first sentence is a little more stylish, but both sentences are perfectly correct.  Or, to put it another way:

You can use either the first (sentence) or the second sentence; both are correct.

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The LearnEnglish Team


I'm studying end-position adverbials from a course book.
Could you please identify the adverbials in the following sentences?

What did John do yesterday?
He played baseball.

What is Mary going to do tomorrow?
She is going to go to school.

What did Tom and Peter do last Saturday?
They went to the movies.

What are the girls going to do next Saturday?
They are going to swim in the sea.

What is Mimi going to do tonight?
She is going to do her homework.


Hi lexeus,

The adverbials in the questions you wrote are all adverbials of time: yesterday, tomorrow, last Saturday, next Saturday and tonight. In the answers, the phrases that specify location (e.g., to school, to the movies and in the sea) are also adverbials.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

Thanks for your help.
Are there any adverbials in the remaining two answers (He played baseball, She is going to do her homework)?

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Hi lexeus,

No, there are no adverbials in those two answers.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I was fairly comfortable with English till I started studying grammar! In the sentence, 'She came home early.' , are both 'home' and 'early' adverbs? (place and time) In 'Bring the books here.', 'here' is an adverb, isn't it?

Hello Vidyaarthi,

'Home' is a difficult one, because it can be a noun, a transitive verb, an intransitive verb, an adjective or an adverb! In this example, you are correct: it is an adverb. Similarly, 'early' can be both an adverb and an adjective; here, as you say, it is an adverb.

'Here' can have several roles in the sentence but is usually an adverb, as it is in the sentence you provide.

I hope that answers your question - though I think you had the answers yourself already!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter. You've been really helpful.

Hi,  what of the following expressions is grammatically correct:  Not of my knowledge or Not to my knowledge?  Thanks.

Hello MayelaM!
Not to my knowledge is the correct version of the phrase. If you want to check phrases like that, one quick way of doing it is to enter the phrase with quotation marks ("...") into Google. Take a look at the first page of results for each phrase, and that will often give you an idea of which one is better.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team