Why do we use adverbials?

We use adverbs to give more information about the verb.

We use adverbials of manner to say how something happens or how something is done:

The children were playing happily.
He was driving as fast as possible.

We use adverbials of place to say where something happens:

I saw him there.
We met in London.

We use adverbials of time to say when or how often something happens:

They start work at six thirty.
They usually go to work by bus.

We use adverbials of probability to show how certain we are about something.

  • Perhaps the weather will be fine.
  • He is certainly coming to the party.

 

Try these tasks to practice your use of adverbials.

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Task 2

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Task 3

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i'm having a doubt about which one is correct

The girl happily posed for the cameras.
or
The girl posed happily for the cameras

Hello aurorant,

Both sentences are correct but there is a difference in meaning between them. The first sentence (happily posed) means that the girl was willing to pose and saw no problem in it. The second sentence (posed happily) suggests that the girl posed in a way which looked happy - she smiled, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, I have seen some people writing and saying "I don't need you no more or Don't hurt me no more and I haven't got nothing to do" but Sir, Why so ? Instead of that, I think it should be ' I don't need you anymore, Don't hurt me anymore and I have nothing to do' is not it right form ?

Hello SonuKumar,

These are non-standard forms which appear in certain dialects. Not all English that is spoken is grammatically standard. We would not use these forms in formal language or in writing as they are not considered grammatically correct but you can hear them in informal speech amongst some groups and in some areas.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, My friend is going to London or New York. Now I want to ask him if He is going to London or New York. I can ask him like this " Are you going London or you are going New York and are you going New York ? Now all I wanna ask is, should I use question mark sentence after the word 'OR' or I should use the simple sentence after 'OR' please help ?

Hello SonuKumar,

There are different ways you could ask, but I'd say the most common would be 'Are you going to London or are you going to New York?' Another possibility would be 'Are you going to London? Or are you going to New York?'

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, If My Dad is going to London tomorrow and I too want to with him, So could I say that I want to go with you too. Or should say I too want to go with you. Sir Dose too change any meaning in this sentence if I move too in sentence, And Sir if too comes after subject or in the last of the sentence dose it make any difference or it depends on the context ?

Hello SonuKumar,

There is a difference in meaning here. For the meaning you describe the correct form would be:

I want to go with you too.

Here, 'too' is relating to 'go' in the sense of 'also go'.

The other sentence is different:

I too want to go with you.

We might say this if someone is going with your father and you want to be the third person. The 'too' here relates to 'I' and has a meaning of 'I also'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir
I have another question that we define adverb as
Adverb modifies verb and adjective

How it does so ...?
I am confused in the concept "modifying" and please explain that his it modifies verb + adjective?

Hello Owais,

'modify' in this context just means that it tells us more about the verb, adjective or adverb (adverbs can also modify other adverbs). For example, I can say 'I am sick'. If I modify the adjective 'sick' with the adverb 'very', it gives more details about 'sick'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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