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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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Adverbials 2


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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

Adverbial clauses: structure
Select the correct structure of each clause.

2. He went upstairs.
The above question 2 exercise on "Adverbial clauses: structure" is not in agreement with the intended clause structure. It is assumed that the grammatical "subjects", in this case Noun, Preposition, Adverb, Intensifier is presented as initial capital letter. Noe it follows that question two has got the following choices
"a. N-V-A"
"b. N-V-P"
"c. N-V-I-A"
It therefore follows that there is no right answer as the first word is a Pronoun.This sentence ought to have the clause structure as" P-V-A" where "P" stands for pronoun. What happens when now a sentence has got a preposition and a pronoun or an adjective and an adverb? let me procced with the exercise may be I'll find out.

Hello Githuga,

The 'N' here refers to noun phrase, and a pronoun can form a noun phrase.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teachers
Please the sample above does not include 'to infinitive' as one of the method of making adverbial. May I know if to+ infinitive is not playing the role of Adverb?
To get the money is very difficult. The to infinitive = the subject.
The man to pay the fees has just arrived. The to infinitive is an adjective modifying 'the man'
They traveled to visit their son . is the to infinitive an adverbial modifying traveled ?

Most of adjectives that are used as adverbs end on "ly". Is there an adverb rule to double the "l" when forming an adverb? For example: Carefully (has double the character "l") in contrast with angry that you just write angrily (one "l") or happy where you change the y for "i" and use one "l".


Hello MayelaM,

Yes, that is the general pattern for adverb formation. Well done for working it out!

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

May you please re formulate your answer? I am asking how to form them and whether there is a rule that a person can follow. The original posting only mention 2 examples but I see not all the adverbs follow it. It might be obvious for many students when speaking or writing, but not all the time for me. Thanks