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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 Sir
Please help me to understand this e.g. courtship, courtyard, courtroom etc.
We call this compound nouns . I am I correct? Addition of two nouns but not
all some nouns are not-- they are seperated. e.g. crash helmet, credit card,
credit note, but 'cowboy' why is this difference? Or tell me how can I know when to add the nouns and when not as mentioned above in my examples.
Thank you.

Hi Lal,

'courtship' is not a compound noun, since '-ship' is a suffix rather than a noun in this case, but the others you mention could be considered compound nouns. Please see this Cambridge Dictionary page for an introduction to this topic. If you have any specific questions after that, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you help me, please?
Is "breathe" means "take in air"?
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed,

Yes, 'breathe' means to draw in air through your mouth or nose. If we stop doing this for any more than a short time we die!



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Could you help me, please?
Which preposition should I use, "of" or "about" or both of them are correct?
What is the difference in meaning?
I often think ....... the time we spent in Rome that I can't forget.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

Generally, we use 'think of' to mean 'imagine' or 'dream of' and 'think about' to mean 'consider'. Both can be used when we are remembering something in a nostalgic way, and I think in your example both forms are possible.



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Hi Kirk,

I benefitted from competitons that have been organized by this club over the years.

I benefitted from competitons that which organized by this club over the years.

Hi Nisala Jayasuriya,

I can see the two sentences but I don't see a question! What would you like to ask us?



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What is the rule of definite article THE for superlative form of adverb?

John runs the fastest of all.


John runs fastest of all.

Hello amol,

The superlative usually has a definite article before it unless there is a possessive adjective (my/your etc).

There are some cases in which the article is optional and some in which it should not be used.

When the superlative comes before a noun, the article is needed:

He is the best player.


He is best player.


When a superlative adjective is in the predicative position, meaning it comes after rather than before the noun and follows a verb, it can be omitted, especially in informal use:

Dark chocolate is the best.


Dark chocolate is best.


The same is true of superlative adverbs:

He worked the hardest.


He worked hardest.


When the superlative is in the predicative position and you are compare the same thing in different situations you should not use an article:

He works hardest in the morning when he is fresh.


He works the hardest in the morning when he is fresh.


I hope that helps to clarify it for you.



The LearnEnglish Team