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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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Why use an adverb in "an arbitrarily large number"

Why use "arbitrary" as an adverb in the following expression: an arbitrarily large number taken from wiktionary. Where is the verb?
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A question about a adverb phrase

We are here to provide the public with a service. In tasks candidates are presented with a point of view, argument and problem. Sources are Oxford learner's dictionaries ; provide and the ...
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"If necessary " in clause of condition

If necessary, you can contact me on the weekend. Some information of the subordinate clause is omitted. How does "if+ adjective" work? Is there a rule?
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"When" in adverbial clauses

He was watching TV when I came in. I came in when he was watching TV. As we know, simple or continuous verb forms can be used in when-clauses. It seems the second example is semantically different ...
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Succeeding in college often is a challenge for students,______, most college provide services designed to help students

This question came in the Dhaka university admission exam 2018-19. Succeeding in college often is a challenge for students,______, most college provide services designed to help students. (a) ...
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Why the correct option is 'unless properly dealt with' rather than others?

I am practicing an exercise for conditional adverbial clause, there is a hard exercise that makes me confused with all these four options. The official soon realized that, ( ), things would get worse....
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linking verbal clauses with conjunctions

Why is the case that the below sentence has three verbs that weren't linked with any conjunction? Also, why use the comma prior to the last clause. I don't know exactly why this sentence is structured ...
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Using a comma with "and that" and so then" (adverb vs conjunctions): The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter

I saw many examples using "and that". I was confused with the use of a comma before it in the middle of the sentence. In the case of independent sentences, some examples do not have a come ...
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more than it did before

a. What you did right now will separate us more than before. Can one use (a) if the intended meaning is b. What you did right now will pull us further apart. ? My problem is that 'more than before' ...
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Adverbial or Adjectival Phrase?

I'm confused about adjectival and adverbial participle phrases. It came to pass that, settling permanently in Paris he, too, forgot the child, especially when the Revolution of February broke out, ...
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What does "in abundance" modify in "These dogs have silliness in abundance"?

These dogs have silliness in abundance. What does "in abundance" modify? Is it "have" or "silliness" Someone told me that it modifies a noun, but I don't agree. Is there ...
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“The town is (located) 20km southeast of city X” [closed]

The town is (located) 20 km southeast of city X Is southeast an adjective being modified by of city X (an adverb phrase) and having 20 km (an adverb) modifying it? Or is 20km an adjective modifying ...
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to open the main gate

a. I have a key to open the main gate in my room. b. I have a toy to keep the dog amused in my pocket. Are the above sentences grammatically correct? Obviously the main gate is not in my room and the ...
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"accept dreams as being real" or "accept dreams as real"

"During sleep, you accept unrealistic dream events as being real." "The elderly sometimes recall dreamed events as being real." When I think about "...accept/recall something ...
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Does "to show" function as an adverb modifying an adjective in this sentence? [closed]

Does the usage of the infinitive to show serve the purpose the task below? Task: write a sentence using the infinitive "to show" as an adverb modifying an adjective. I tried to use "to ...
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What is the type of the phrase "to success"

The textbook says that To success is an adjective phrase but it seems like an infinitive to me. I'm confused whether it is a noun or an infinitive?
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Why the infinitive phrase in this sentence functions as Adverb and not adjective?

Marian had plenty of work to finish In the correction form, it says that the function of to finish is adverbial. But why it is not an adjective? Which work? The work to finish. So it is an adjective!!...
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Can adverbial phrases and clauses modify an entire clause?

A sentence adverb modifies an entire sentence. Here is a basic example: [1] Surprisingly, the sun had already set. However, my question refers to phrases and clauses that function adverbially. In ...
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Can we use participle clauses as adverbial modifiers?

Most of the time, participle clauses are used in sentences like the ones that I have written below (all of which feature present participles): [1] Walking the dog, she breathed the fresh air. [2] He ...
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How to analyze this sentence, 'He apologised to me for that.'?

'He apologised to me for that.' I know that 'he' is the subject and 'apologised' the verb but I don't know about the rest.
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What is the right punctuation when the object clause has an adverbial clause of reason?

What is the right punctuation when the object clause has an adverbial clause of reason? The example is as follows. The intuition is that, since A is right, B is right. Some alternatives: The ...
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Do these sentences have the same meaning? 1) "That is what I said." 2) "I said it, too."

The following sentences seem to have the same meaning? 1-"That is what I said." 2-"I said it, too." For instance; The boss says to an employee: You should not smoke here. It is ...
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Can I use exact (clock) time as an introductory phrase after "At"?

As in: "At 2:15 AM, she entered the victim's bedroom carrying a knife." Can that exact time be considered a part of an introductory phrase and split the sentence with a comma? Also, if that ...
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How to tell if adverb clauses are essential or not?

"Essential clauses provide essential information and are not set off with commas." "Non-essential clauses provide additional, non-essential information and need commas." It seems ...
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was careful to straighten / carefully straightened

Could you please explain what's the difference in their meaning/emphasis? He was careful to straighten his room before leaving. He carefully straightened his room before leaving.
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out of anger/ because of my anger

a. I said that because of anger. b. I said that because of my anger. ========================= c. I said that out of anger. d. I said that out of my anger. Which of the above sentences are ...
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Usage of "comparative + Than" as an adverb

In a formal writing, can the sentence: I became more interested in mathematics than physics. be rephrased as: I became interested in mathematics more than physics. Do they both have the same ...
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Which of "almost don't talk to each other" or "almost never talk to each other" is correct?

a. My sons almost don't talk to each other. b. My sons almost never talk to each other. Are both of the above sentences grammatically correct and do they mean the same? I use (b). (a) sounds a bit ...
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"A way" or "any way" , what is correct?

What of these is correct? and if both are correct, what is there any difference or connotation in the meaning? or, are there different in terms of formality? Is there a way you could send me the ...
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Is there a rule for using adverbial clauses/phrases directly after conjunctions?

I went to the park because I needed to clear my head, and when it was morning, I returned home. In this sentence, we see two subordinate clauses and two independent clauses. The two subordinate ...
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Is this prepositional phrase adjective or adverb?

Is this prepositional phrase "with same sex quickstep" an adjective describing "history" or adverb modifying "makes in the sentence below? Andrew Makes ‘Dancing With The ...
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A phrase function : adverb phrase or adjective phrase

In a text book, there is a sentence which I can't analyze. She's very conventional in her views. Is a preposition phrase(in her views) an adverb phrase or an adjective phrase? , Or does it function ...
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difference between an adjective phrase and an adverbial phrase

In a web-site, I happen upon a sentence I can’t understand grammatically. Famished from the journey, John decided to hunker down with his horse. They mark that a front part is an adjective phrase. I ...
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Is the prepositional phrase an adverbial or adjective phrase

In the sentence quoted below are the prepositions "for 2021" and "without latest software" acting as an adjective or adverb? "Fossil announces new smartwatches for 2021 ...
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Telic /atelic verb phrases

What is the best way to identify the verb phrase as telic/atelic apart from adding durational adverbials(such as in-adverbial and for-adverbial) and using such lexical verbs as stop/finish?
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“Don’t jump on the couch.” Ambiguity

Can “don’t jump on the couch” mean “don’t jump off the couch,” or does it only mean “don’t jump onto the couch”? How to recommend someone be on the couch and then jump? I think there’s no word like “...
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Adverbial prepositional phrase order

“I ate too much in the restaurant.” “I ate in the restaurant too much.” Is there a difference between them? “too much” and “in the restaurant” are both adverbial.
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How Is This A subordinate Clause?

The instructor said that the sentence below contains a subordinate clause ("... if only for financial reasons."), but I feel that what is being called a 'subordinate clause,' is just a ...
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Can an adverbial clause modify only a verb?

Can an adverbial clause modify only a verb? Down below, words in bold are verbs modified. Italic clauses are clauses modifying the verbs Example 1, Getting bullied because he was shorter was ...
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Using “in between” as an adverb

Can we use “in between” when talking about something between two things when those two things are not specified? Example: Let’s say I am watching this video with a friend of mine. Can I say, “The cat ...
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Comma before adverbial phrase at end of sentence

I am using a grammar software and it constantly tells me to use commas before what I think is an adverbial phrase at the end of a sentence (and thus is not predceded by a comme). An example: "...
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The usage of "at intervals"

The ponds are linked with each by waterfalls at intervals from higher terraces to the lower ones. The sentence is a translation from Chinese to English describing a huge pond formed by several ...
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<very well above>, <so well above>, <so much above>

Are the phrases “very well above,” “so well above,” and “so much above” correct? Example sentences: The bridge is very well above us. The bridge is so well above us! The bridge is so much above us! ...
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The position of "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram"

I'd like to learn what places fit "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram" in the following sentence. The internet brought new applications into our lives such as Google, Facebook, and ...
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Can these questions be answered with these answers?

I am trying to reach the question form by going through its standard sentence form. In my native language, Turkish, The question form of I'm talking about the money that is for your education = I'm ...
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What does "On what subject did you conduct studies?" exactly ask about?

I know that a question can directly be related to a verb. However, can it refer to a noun rather than the verb? For example; On what subject did you conduct studies? I think that this question can ...
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Is it possible to use “next” between subject and verb?

When we next see Alex and Max, who are presently parents of two children, they will have had a new baby in their family. Source: English Grammar Digest by Trudy Aronson. I know Only a few adverbs of ...
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position of "Addressing concerns over the impact of the release"

What's the difference between the following sentences? Suppose the sentence occurs in the third paragraph of a news report, and the first paragraph mentions the decision faces opposition from home and ...
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The usage of "but" in a sentence

Please take a look at this passage: It is due to a misunderstanding that most modern sculptures are monochromatic. When ancient sculptures were exhumed years ago, they were discovered to be uncolored....
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Is this a correct analysis of an adverbial prepositional phrase?

I am trying to analyse what I judge a compound sentence with an adverbial phrase (in italics) placed at the beginning: In what turned out to be a common experience for many people who tried to create ...
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