Adverbials are words that we use to give more information about a verb. They can be one word (angrily, here) or phrases (at home, in a few hours) and often say how, where, when or how often something happens or is done, though they can also have other uses.

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I needa bit of help please?

Hello DanyalParacha

What do you need help with?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

An adverb is a single word that modifies a verb, adjective or another adverb:

I sing badly. (Badly is an adverb that modifies the verb sing)

I sing really badly. (Badly is still an adverb, but now really is as well, modifying the adverb badly)

My voice is incredibly awful. (Incredibly is an adverb, modifying the adjective awful).

An adverbial is when a group of words does the job of an adverb. That group of words can contain nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, or whatever, and can be as complex as you want.

Am I right?

Hello quds001

Well done, that's a great (and correct) summary!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct
When there is a house that also has a garden can we say
1.It is a house with a big garden around it.
Around it, suits well in the sentence?
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

That is fine, yes.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following are correct.
1.They will help you learn fast ot they will help you learning fast? (maths, French etc)
2.They will help you learn quickly?
3.It is the top part of the story. (does this sentence make sense? Is it correct?)
Thank you in advance

Hello agie,

You can say 'help you learn' or 'help you to learn'. There is no difference in meaning.

'Help you learning' is not correct. You could say 'help you with your learning'.

 

We wouldn't say 'the top part of the story'. I'm not sure what you mean, but perhaps we would say 'the first part of the story' or 'the first paragraph of the story', or 'the beginning of the story'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

We were taught at school that 'every day' is a noun phrase which functions adverbially in a sentence but many grammar books say it is an adverbial phrase. I wanted to know what kind of phrase it is -- noun phrase or adverbial phrase.

Hello Prap

It can be both. A noun phrase can be used adverbially -- this is another way of saying that the noun phrase functions as an adverb in a sentence (in this case, for example, it can tell you more about the frequency of an action) -- and in that sense it is also an adverbial phrase.

I hope that helps you make sense of it.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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