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.

Task 1

Exercise

Task 2

Exercise

Task 3

Exercise

Comments

Good evening!
I wanted to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct .
"As he is rich, he is not happy."
Thanks!

Hello Prap,

Yes, it is grammatically correct. In cases like this, though, we tend to use 'because' instead of 'as', unless it is formal writing. 'He is not happy because he is rich' or 'The reason his is not happy is because he is rich' are other more natural-sounding alternatives.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi.
If I remember correctly, we can use simple or continuous aspect after 'as'.
But are these correct sentences?
1. Just as he raised his harpoon, silence broke.
2. As he ran towards the children, he slipped.
Thank you.

Hello Marua,

Yes, that is correct -- both aspects are possible and the verb forms you use after 'as' in these two sentences are correct. 'silence broke' isn't clear to me, though; perhaps 'the silence was broken'?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Teachers,
Could you kindly tell me which of the following sentences is correct with explanation:
1. I am very disappointed/tired.
2. I am very much disappointed/tired.
3. I am much disappointed/tired.
4. I am much too disappointed/tired.
5. I am too much disappointed/tired.

Hello souba73,

The first one is the correct one. We're happy to help you understand this, but please tell us why you think the others may not be correct and we'll correct you as needed.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Teachers,
Please comment.

Is this phrase gramatically correct?
"Although Chirstmas season is in summer in Australia,..."
"in Australia" is an adverbial of place, right?

Hello viettungvuong,

The sentence needs to be slightly changed:

Although Christmas is in the summer in Australia...

We generally just say 'Christmas' for the whole period as well as for just the day.

'In Australia' is an adverbial of place. You can read more about these on this page.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello team :
can we use adverb to describe nouns
I read this sentence in subtital
of can programm
(it's named for rabidly declining low system)
why here rapidly not rapid

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