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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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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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 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 a ...
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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 phrase an adverbial phrase modifying the verb “competed”?

I competed in the marathon, not because I wanted to... Is "not because I wanted to" an adverbial phrase that modifies the verb "competed"?
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Is "without" a preposition or an adverb in "Without thinking where I was going"? Lexical word or grammatical word?

I'm doing my English homework and I have this doubt so I would appreciate your help. I need to know whether "without" is a preposition or an adverb in this specific sentence in order to ...
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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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Plurals: "As matters of fact", "As matter of facts", and "As matters of facts" which one(s) when? if any?

I am wondering which one is correct or when/where one should use them: As matters of facts, A did X and B did Y. As matters of fact, A did X and B did Y. As matter of facts, A did X and B did Y. I ...
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no later than ~ VS by no later than ~

I am familiar with "no later than"". However, I have seen "by no later than". As far as I know, "no later than" has meaning as follows. ​by a particular time and ...
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Question About adveral clause

The things as they are expected to help us, As sentence above, I heard that 'as clause' is a adverbal clause, but I want to know that what someone said is right, that is, This adverbal clause modifies ...
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Conditionals and adverb clauses

(1) If I ate too much food now, I wouldn't be able to eat anything else when my pizza arrives in 30 minutes. Is the arrives correct here? (2) If I didn't sleep now, I would look terrible when I go ...
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What's the problem with "Colonization hundreds of years ago is held accountable for such situation"?

I wrote the following sentence. Colonization hundreds of years ago is held accountable for such situation. I think I have used "hundreds of years ago" as a modifier of "colonization&...
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Adverbial modifier after than?

I read a sentence as follows from a book by a Harvard professor(born in the U.S.A.): Despite the fact that farming required more strenuous physical exertion than most urban jobs, the rural grain ...
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Does "right upstairs" mean "on the floor directly above"?

Background This line from Monk: Mr. Monk Makes a Friend (2007) motivates this question. Adrian Monk says this just outside his home to a friend of his. Come on, I live right upstairs. Just from this,...
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My question is about adverb aspect of 'hard' [closed]

Is it okay to say: the driver was driving hard because the weather was dark. Or do we say: the weather was hard dark so the driver couldn't see a thing.
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Can a noun clause be part of an adverbial phrase?

For example: "He was punished for what he did to his brother."
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Surprisingly enough vs very surprisingly

I am not a native speaker of english language but I have noted that surprisingly enough is used more often than very surprisingly. What is the real difference between two? Enough and very both are ...
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The police questioned everyone in the room. Here "in the room" is an adjective phrase or an adverb phrase

The police questioned everyone in the room. Here "in the room" is an adjective phrase or an adverb phrase I think it is an adverb phrase.But some of the teachers of our country think it an ...

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