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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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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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What does “if something would do” mean in a imperative sentence?

I've thought "would" in an "if" clause is only used to mean the subject's will in subjunctive past or second conditional, but I have come across another usage: That vs. Which: What's the Difference?...
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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... ...
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Can a preposition be used before “that”?

Can a preposition be used before "that"? For example: The house in that I live is nice or maybe: The house that I live in is nice I think which is correct in these cases but why? Could someone ...
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to-infinitival clause expressing a manner

Experts say the drowsiness many of us feel during the day may not be because we had too little sleep at night, but because we need an early afternoon nap. Humans were made to sleep not once, but twice,...
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Complement or Adv. Prepositional Phrase?

I'm having trouble identifying/breaking down the components of an example under Adverb Prepositional Phrases in McGraw-Hill's English and Grammar Usage book. Here's the example with the Adv. PP ...
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TOEFL grammar question

When a left hand has been stenciled, this implies that the artist was right-handed, and vice versa. Even though the paint was often sprayed on by mouth, one can assume that the dominant hand assisted ...
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Placement of adverbial phrase before or after recipient of a verb

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences: I will complain to our boss against you in the office. I will complain against you to our boss in the office. I will complain to our boss in ...
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Position of more with a verb

I want to say that I did something in a certain way and when I tried to do that with another method it didn't work. I wrote: So I tried the same in this other method and it didn't work more than ...
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adverb emphasis

Mother either cooks something special for us or takes us to a restaurant at weekends. What does "at the weekends" emphasize? Cooks something special for us or takes us to a restaurant?
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Complicated phrase: “…tolerably accurately represented experience…”

Can the bold phrase be restated like this: represented experience which is tolerably accurate? If yes, Which one is more usual? If not is there any more usual way to say that? Availability means ...
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position of adverbial phrase in sentence

Using of placement of adverb, manner, place, and time in sentence. I am a bit confused speaking to place them in sentence. While speaking with my boss: I went to Ram's home, I connected my ...
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as adjective as to infinitive or as adjective to infinitive as

Older workers can be as adaptable and quick to learn as anyone else. This sentence is from Oxford Advance Learner Dictionary. I wanted to know whether I can change this sentence as follow. Older ...
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About the Usage of “When” Clauses as Adjective-clauses

In the 19th century, Yukichi Fukuzawa, one of the greatest Japanese politicians and philosophers, wrote during his studying abroad: "Language is a tool. It is like a hammer when you build a house." ...
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“in the morning” could mean “tomorrow morning”, but what about “in the afternoon / evening”?

This site says: If something will happen during the morning of the next day, you can say that it will happen tomorrow morning or in the morning. I've got to go to work tomorrow morning = I'...
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Using respectively- “Signal strength was 20, 30, 40 dB at floors 1,2,3 respectively.”

In the following sentence, "Signal strength was 20, 30, 40 dB at floors 1,2,3 respectively." Should I use was or were? Should the unit dB be used just for the last input of the list or every ...