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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 there any difference between “for the first time” and “first”?

An alarm will sound when the door is first opened after/since the engine is started. An alarm will sound when the door is opened for the first time after/since the engine is started. I created ...
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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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Sentence Modifiers are part of complete subjects or complete predicates?

A sentence is made of two parts:[complete] subject and [complete] predicate. I would like to confirm that sentence modifiers are part of the predicate? What confused me was that sentence modifiers ...
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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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“and further on” in the sense of “and beyond” at the end of a sentence?

I'm working on an application and wanted to say: For the first time […], I have the feeling that I have found that one field of research that I would love to pursue as part of a PhD and further 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-...
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 1.Is 'For' used as a conjunction? 2.What is the subject in the ...
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all through the night / all over the night

Do these sentences imply on same meaning. Are they interchangeable ? It rained all through the night. It rained all over the night.
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Passive voice in the reduced adverb clauses

"Being well treated, she returned home even earlier then she had expected" Does it work or not?" To my mind it's not the case, because the subject is not the same in both part of the sentence. Or, I'...
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Can “direction” have sides?

I am trying to describe the positional relationship among objects A, B, and C with reference to direction X. The relationship may be described as follows when it is literally translated from my ...
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What is the function of ‘before clause’ in the sentence?

When I was reading the book The Giver, I read the following sentences. There was a time, actually—you’ll see this in the memories later—when flesh was many different colors. That was before we ...
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“the most” and “for much”

For much of the 1990s, the Czech political landscape was dominated by the Civic Democratic Party. The most of the 1990s the Czech political landscape was dominated by the Civic Democratic Party. I ...
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Present Continuous with Adverbial Clauses

I heard present continuous is also used for temporary events which must not be happen in the same time with 'saying' but the first sentence below sounds wrong to me , even leaving work when he starts ...
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About adverbial phrase

"She is at the point of her death." Here, 'at the point of her death' is said to be an adverbial phrase by the textbook which modifies the finite verb 'is'. But I thought it is an adjective phrase ...
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The next time when you [will]…, Main Clause

Can we you use an Attributive Clause with Future Tense inside an Adverbial Clause of Time? What is the difference in the meanings if one exists? The next time when you meet him, he will... ...