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 again Ali boroki,

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Noted Maam,

Lacking transmittal letter for us to received the above submission.

Please be guided accordingly.


Hello Meeja,

I'm afraid I don't understand this message very well. Perhaps with context I could make more sense of it, but without knowing what it refers to it's difficult to say much more than that it seems to communicate that a 'transmittal letter' that was expected did not arrive.

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''Doctors in that city only check you up on Fridays'' vs ''Doctors in that city only check you on Fridays''

What is the difference between these sentences when the adverb (up) is used?

Thank you very much.

Hello JamlMakav,

At least in the varieties of English I'm familiar with, the first sentence is not idiomatic (i.e. not something people say). Please see the dictionary entries for 'check', 'check-up' and 'check up on sb' to see how these different forms are used.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good exercise.

Hello dear team,

The children were playing happily.

The happily children were playing.
Happily = adjective

Is that correct?

Hello fahri,

'Happily' is not an adjective. The correct form in the second sentence is 'happy':

The happy children were playing.


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The LearnEnglish Team


In reference to my previous question about "freezing", etc., I used a parser ( and I discovered, much to my surprise, that the word "freezing" in "The weather is freezing cold." is a gerund!

Is this correct? Can a gerund modify an adjective? I begin to think that "freezing cold", "scalding hot", and "dripping wet" are fixed phrases. If they are fixed phrases, that means that they do not necessarily follow the rules of grammar. Am I on the right track here? Thank you.

Hello Alice,

As I said in my answer to your earlier question, the -ing forms here are functioning as adverbials.

The -ing form is very flexible. It can be part of a verb phrase, it can function as an adjective, it can function as a noun (a gerund), it can head a participle clause/phrase and it can function in some cases as an adverb.


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The LearnEnglish Team