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

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Task 2

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Task 3

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Comments

Hi whitekrystal,

I'm afraid I couldn't find the sentence that you are referring to. In any case, I'm not sure I could have explained the usage of 'at' or 'on', as both can be used in some cases. In general, I think people speak of content being 'on' a website and of performing actions 'at' websites, though I doubt you will find much consistency here.

I would say 'The articles on LearnEnglish are helpful'. As for the Wikipedia, honestly I'd probably say 'Wikipedia articles are useful', but if I had to say it another way, I'd probably say 'on the Wikipedia'.

I'm sorry I can't give you a firmer answer. As far as I know, there is quite a bit of variation here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir. But why do you use "the" in "on the Wikipedia?" While in "on LearnEnglish", you don't say "on the LearnEnglish."

Hi whitekrystal,

Yes, we use 'the' before 'Wikipedia' but not 'LearnEnglish'.

In the case of 'LearnEnglish', 'LearnEnglish' is a proper name of sorts, just as we'd say 'on Yahoo' (and not 'on the Yahoo') or 'on Facebook' (and not 'on the Facebook').

In the case of the Wikipedia, I suppose it has to do with the fact that the word 'Wikipedia' is a derivation of the word 'encyclopedia'. When we refer to reference books (e.g. dictionary, encyclopedia, Wikipedia), we use 'the'. This is just the way people speak -- as far as I know, there is no other rule that explains this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Kirk. I completely get it now.

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

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