Questions tagged [adverbial-phrases]

Adverbial phrase (also known as adverb phrase) is a term for two or more words functions adverbially (i.e. as an adverb).

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Is “every bit” an adverb?

I found out 'every bit' is similar expression to 'entirely' while reading through another post put up on here. So in this line (from the movie 'Dead poets society' Source:Yarn Clips): "It's every ...
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Using “get to” rather than “arrive at”?

Is this a grammatically and syntactically correct sentence? When you have got to at home you have to get on with the work straight away. I want to say when a person arrived at home he has to ...
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Can this clause function as an adverbial of reason?

I couldn’t analyse the structure of this sentence properly. Specifically, i don’t know what is the function of the clause “over giving weighting factor to the role of youngsters.” This is the whole ...
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Is it wrong to use “as + to + be + past participle” to mean “as it will be past participle”?

I know I can say: As it will be shown in the following section, strawberry is a cute fruit! Can I recast this as As to be shown in the following section, strawberry is a cute fruit! I am ...
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Analyzing “This was the long way, which we had to go”

This was the long way, which we had to go. I think this sentence is grammatically correct and which is referring to the long way and there is no need to use that to restrict the long way because as ...
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Do you consider them as parenthetical phrases or adverbial phrases?

We, for our part, admitting the fact that no feat of intelligence and character is so exacting as that required of two people who desire to live permanently together on a basis of amity, are ...
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Use of words 'very' and 'same' together

Does the word 'very' qualify the adjective 'same' or is it the opposite? They will be in the same very state. They will be in the very same state. Which one is correct? And can this be ...
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Is the verb use in this sentence correct?

When finished with digging out ancient objects, archaeologists must interpret what they have found. As far as l know 'V+ing' must be used in this example because we use 'V3' with passive. Am I wrong?
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Does the second paragraph convey the intended meaning? If not, how can I rewrite it?

The Qinghai Tibet Railway, the highest in the world, begins operation on Saturday. The first train will leave Golmud, the second largest city of Qinghai Province in Northwest China, for Lhasa, ...
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Use of Sooner than +v3 or v1

She would resign sooner than / take part in / such dishonest business deals. There is no error in the above sentence as per my book. Shouldn't there be 'taking part' instead of 'take part'? Could ...
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Everywhere vs. Anywhere

Nowadays all merchants of Westeros sell dragonglass. So you can find it ____ . A.Everywhere B.Anywhere Which fits better A, B or both ? I know A is true, but B also makes sense to me.
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More than+ noun

In the following sentence More than 60% of the population lives below poverty line. I think live will be correct instead of lives. Correct me if i am wrong.
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The meaning of “as”

What is the meaning of "as" in the following sentences? Nature’s editors rejected the paper (and will not, as is normal procedure in the case of rejection, confirm that they actually received it). ...
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The order of the verb and adverbial phrase in question

Which order is correct? How much milk is in the fridge left? How much milk is left in the fridge?
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Verb + [adverb clause] + - ing

When we use "verb + - ing" forms, Is it possible to put adverbial phrases between "verb" and "- ing" ? I saw that example down below and it made me think. I suppose "come + -selling" means that the ...
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Home vs at home

I'm at home. I usually take my breakfast home (without preposition). I usually take my breakfast at home(or at my home ;with preposition) In the first sentence, at home is an adjective preposition ...
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What “upside down relative to each other” means?

Sheet A is generally placed on sheet B, but sheet A can be placed under sheet B. I am trying to rewrite the sentence above I created by using "upside down". My examples are as follows: ..., but ...
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“Friday I am in love” or “On Friday I am in love”?

The question itself is wider. If I am not mistaken, putting “Friday” in the song title by the Cure means “On Friday”. Can we use it everyday and not only with days of the week but other time markers, ...
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It took two hours for her to finish her homework

It took her two hours to finish her homework. It took two hours for her to finish her homework. Q: I know #1 is correct and I guess #2 is also correct/natural. What is your opinion?
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Is a fronted phrase describing a state of mind a “fronted adverbial”?

My son's learning about fronted adverbials at school (at the age of 11). When he goes to write one, he generally comes up with things like this (when asked to do a sentence for a picture with a car in ...
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Adverbial Phrase? [closed]

Apologies for the long question. I will request if someone can please answer this thoroughly as it will help me put a lot of pieces of grammatical puzzle together. If possible, please answer only ...
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“the Book, the Qur'an, is without a doubt revealed from Allah.” What is the meaning of this sentence?

The Book, the Qur'an, is without a doubt revealed from Allah. It can be understood in two ways: There's no doubt that Quran is from Allah. Quran doesn't contain any doubt and is revealed from Allah. ...
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Is ‘switched on’ a prepositional verb?

He switched on a table lamp to banish the gloom of a winter afternoon. Is ‘switched on’ a prepositional verb? Is ‘To banish the gloom’ an infinitive phrase functioning as adverb, modifying the verb.
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What clause element is this please?

When she got into the car at five, ready for the fifteen-mile drive across London, it wouldn't start. What does this stretch of language represent? Is it an adverbial?
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Interpretation of adverbial clauses meaning time or condition, such as when, if

I'm learning English with text books, and one of them says tenses of adverbial clauses which means time or condition(such as when-clause or if-clause) depend on the main clauses to which they are ...
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Should it be “carefully” instead of “careful” in this sentence?

He paused outside the doors, taking stock of his men, careful not to give any sign of his thoughts. (source) My understanding is the phrase "careful not to give any sign of his thoughts" is an ...
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Is “close to” an adverbial phrase?

To continue from my other post far from perfect, I guess close to is also an adverbial phrase. I have some sentences using close to: He may not be perfect, but he is close to perfect. It’s not ...
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Can “indefinite article” in the expression “on a … basis ” be changed to a definite article?

Salary is paid on a monthly basis. I created the sentence above. It is assumed here that a year is divided into several periods. For example, each period has three months, and salary is sometimes ...
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Does “two consecutive columns have the same color in every two columns” make sense?

The image above shows an Excel worksheet. I am trying to describe how cells in row 3 are colored. It is not necessary to describe what color it is. My example is as follows: Cells in row 3 are ...
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Reduction of conditional adverb clauses

This would have been a lot easier taking her in the house. What could be the complete form of this sentence? Context: A few hired men are going to kidnap a girl from her school so one of them is ...
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Word “that” after adverbial clause

May I put the word "that" after the adverbial clause and not right after the object "defects"? "The purpose of the inspection is to identify defects on the electrical installation in the area that ...
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Does English (proper) allow “sharp ass claws”

we know what a person means to say when they say "the guinea-pig has some sharp ass claws" but I was wondering if the term ass actually allowed in terms of proper english. if not, then this statement ...
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H independent or independently sorted?

I read these two sentences: Such an array is said to be h-sorted. Put another way, an h-sorted array is h independent sorted sub-sequences, interleaved together. I don't know the grammar behind ...
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Synonym to “when there is a risk” [closed]

Are there any other ways to say: "When there is a risk of / that ..." I would like to know, if there are any other adverbial-phrases synonymous to the one above. For example, how to rephrase the ...
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Use “having” to begin an adverbial phrase

Is "having" in the following sentence grammatically correct? Having his eyes brimmed with tears, my father beamed
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ambiguity?: to infinitive phrase as a purpose clause or an infinitival relative clause

I think the grammar of To-infinitive is the most difficult part of learning English because it is hard for me like ESL students to know which is which. I mean, I'm, well, just wanting to classify the ...
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Identify the adverb phrase in the sentence

The cracks spanned over the screen's upper surface like tendrils, white and glossy in appearance. Does the phrase white and glossy in appearance modify the word 'tendrils', or the word 'cracks' and '...
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I prevented you from going there

I prevented you from going there. What is the function of "from going there" ? I think that it is an adverbial prepositional phrase because I have studied object complements and learned that ...
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Which should be use ~swap over or swap with

Swap big portions of food over or with smaller ones. Thank you.
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A usage of infinitive clause which doesn't refer to “a noun” and doesn't specify “a purpose”. What is that?

Today, I saw a different usage of infinitive clauses at the university and would like to ask you it in order to be familiar with that usage.(Examples from my professor) There should be more than ...
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adverbial phrase- two Tuesdays ago? [closed]

What does "two Tuesdays ago" mean in the following? John met Bill two Tuesdays ago. I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the sentence structure of the sentence?

At that time I had a much-petted, much-abused doll, which I afterward named Nancy. She was, alas, the helpless victim of my outbursts of temper and of affection, so that she became much the worse ...
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The use of preposition with time

Going off of this question: "This semester" or "In this semester"? Having read through the question, its answers, and the discussion in comments, I would like to get to the ...
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Should days of week be in plural form?

Are these sentences natural? Members of my family have their weddings on Saturdays. Pete pays a visit to his grandmother once a month. He does it on Saturdays. I celebrate my birthday on ...
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occasionally vs every once in a while

Following Phrase meaning: every now and then vs every once in a while, what's the difference between "occasionally" and "every once in a while" in formal writing? E.g.: Occasionally, I ask the ...
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Adjectival phrase or adverbial phrase?

She has too much pride to pull the sheets above her head. Is above the head modifies sheets or pull?? To my understanding, it can be either. She can pull the sheets that above her head off ...
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What is the as in the sentence called, preposition or adverb clause?

But yogurt tasted with that spoon was also rated as less sweet than when eaten with heavier or larger spoons. I have been always wondering what this kind of as is called grammatically, e.g. adverb, ...
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Reduction of an adverb clause - Acceptable?

One study shows babies can learn before they are born. (ORIGINAL VERSION) One study shows babies can learn before having born. (VERSION I AM TALKING ABOUT) Can I reduce this adverb clause like ...
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Which is correct : 'unless the storm moves off' or 'unless the storm moved off'?

Time clauses for the future tense do not take future forms – in other words, these time clauses should not include will. For Example: I will start when I am ready. (NOT I will start when I will be ...
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so much so that

I want to know if I understand the correct way to use "so much so that". Can one say: a. I did a lot for them, so much so that they've hung a photo of me in their office. b. Tom was hard-...