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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Hi David,

The second one is correct. If you changed the first one to 'I just woke up', it would be correct, though more natural in American English than in British English.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello Sir,
can you help me to clear my doubt how to use might have/could have..
I might have been hit by a car, but luckily I just managed to get out of the way.
I could have been hit by a car, but luckily I just managed to get out of the way.

Which one is right w.r.t might have/could have.

Hi sujit kumar,

'might have' and 'could have' can both be used to talk about a possible action in the past with little or no difference in meaning. Your sentence is well-formed grammatically, but I wouldn't recommend saying 'might have' or 'could have' here because the last part ('luckily I just managed to get out of the way') shows that you were nearly hit. In other words, 'might have' and 'could have' suggest that it was possible in a theoretical way, whereas the last part of your sentence that it wasn't just theoretical -- it nearly happened.

What I'd recommend instead is something like 'I was nearly hit by a car, but luckily I just managed to get out of the way' or 'I might have been hit by a car but luckily was not'.

I hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

In above scenario is it much better to use I've just managed rather than I just managed ..........?

Hi Nisala,

No, 'I just managed' is used more commonly. Even if the near-miss is recent, it is clearly in the past since you are now safe and before were in danger. Using the simple past makes this very clear here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr. Kirk,
you are very helpful.

Dear Sir
This question is under puntuation.
Can we use a full stop after a phrase e.g. Oh good. where did you find it?
There is a full stop after 'good'.
Is it all right?
Regards
Thank you.

Hello Lal,

Yes, it is perfectly fine to use a full stop. An exclamation mark (!) would also be fine if you wanted to indicate surprise or a very strong reaction, or to show sarcasm.

Don't forget to ise a capital letter after the full stop.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Please let me know either both or only one is correct. then which one.
e.g He quietly shut the door.
He shut the door quietly..
Thank you.
Rrgards

Hi Lal,

The second one is much more common than the first and is the sentence I would recommend you use. The first one is not exactly wrong, but would only be used in some kind of specific context.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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