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How we make adverbials

An adverbial can be an adverb:

He spoke angrily.
They live here.
We will be back soon.

or an adverb with a quantifier:

He spoke really angrily.
They live just here.
We will go quite soon.
We will go as soon as possible.

or a phrase with a preposition:

He spoke in an angry voice.
They live in London.
We will go in a few minutes.

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Hi dear teacher.
I have question about from of question on the task,"they behaved very badly"the answer was N-V-I-
Am i right??but im confused "they"is the subject.and why here we called as noun??
Best regard Ali.

Hello Ali boroki,

'they' is the subject of the sentence, and it is also a pronoun, which is a kind of a noun. When we speak about 'nouns', 'adjectives', 'verbs', 'adverbs, 'prepositions', we're talking about parts of speech -- in other words, the kinds of words that exist in sentences.

When we talk about a 'subject' and a 'verb', we're also talking about the parts of a sentence, but looking more at how they work together to make meaning. In this case, 'they' is a pronoun, and this pronoun (which is a kind of noun) is also the subject of the verb.

Think of a vegetable, for example, a carrot. From one perspective, a carrot is something you plant in a garden. From another perspective, it is a kind of food. It's similar with us calling 'they' a noun in one place and a subject in another.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sirs,
Could you please tell me the difference between 'kindly regards' or 'kind regards' that used at the end of one e-mail? Thanks and best regards!

Hi johnnyhey,

'Kind regards' is a popular way end emails and letters to people you know. We do not use 'kindly regards'; it is not a correct form.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I was reading something about subjunctive mood, but am not so sure about the limits to its usage. Eg., "If I were an angel, I would ...." looks to be the norm. But "The guide recommended that we see the lions first" poses a bit of a question as the verb "see" is in the present tense. Please help.

Hello TPC,

Both of the examples you provide are fine and both are examples of the subjunctive. The key is the verb which precedes it. Here, that verb is recommend and that takes a subjunctive form. For example:

recommend (that) + subject + subjunctive

I recommend that he be informed as soon as possible

We use 'be' rather than the present form 'is' because it follows the verb recommend.

You can read more about subjunctive forms in English here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Sometimes I hear people say " I m not so much concerned about this than that." Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Hello TPC,

'so much concerned' sounds unnatural to my ears. Normally, 'so' (not 'so much') goes with an adjective. I'd also probably say 'as that' instead of 'than that'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team 

It s wrong also to use the subtitle "where they go in a sentence" as the clause does not auger well with the title "Adverbials"and the rest of the sub tittles. I think t ought be "Adverbial in a sentence" as a sub title on the English Grammar left column . More so in my humble opinion "Adverbs in a sentence"
During my schooling years I knew of Adverbs, this adverbials term is new. Tell me its a newer version of adverbs

Hello Githuga,

'Adverbials' is a broader term than 'adverbs'. 'Adverbs' are individual words; 'adverbials' are words and phrases which function as adverbs in the sentence. It is a similar distinction to that between 'nouns' and 'noun phrases'.

The subtitle you query is correct.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team