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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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Ajective and Adverb grammar

adjectives followed by prepositional phrases.Is it adjectives or adverbs ? Example: He is afraid of rats. She is scared of cats. Are both "of rats " and "of cats" adverb prepositional phrases?
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as if in a superhero movie/as in a superhero movie

a. Those kids were talking as in gangster movies. b. Those kids were talking as if in a gangster movie. (Meaning: They were talking the way they do in gangster movies.) =============================...
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is it correct to say “at the lessons”?

Many Russian textbooks use the adverbial "at the lessons" meaning that something takes place during some lessons/classes. For example: "Children call each other names at the lessons". I heard that ...
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Which type of adverbial is “ about this policy”?

“I will think again about this policy.” In my view, “about this policy” is a preposition phrase, functioning as an adverbial. But I don’t know which type of adverbial this phrase is.
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Is “ located on the upper side than…” understandable?

It should be located above the line. For some reasons, I need to rephrase the sentence above using "upper side". My drafts are as follows: It should be located on the upper side than the line. ...
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Sentence starting with a prepositional phrase

This is from a TOEFL practice book: Of all the lawsuits in the world, _____ in US courts. A. Filed 95 percent of them B. 95 percent of them are filed C. That filed are 95 percent of them D. Which ...
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What's the grammar of these sentences? Reduced adjective/adverbial clauses? How?

I'm trying to improve my writing, hence I started looking at some examples expressing a single goal in different form of sentences. I found this example which I couldn't figure out its grammatical ...
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Easier accessible?

Is it correct to say “It is easier accessible”? I think the correct way is to say “It is accessible more easily” or “It is easier to access something”. I think that we cannot describe an ...
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Is there an adverb like “in during”, for a meaning similar to “on the way”?

I am inclined to use the phrase "in during" to end some of my sentences. Here's an example: I was headed to the library, and I've talked with my mom on the phone in during. Does this phrase exist? ...
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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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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 ...