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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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Can "the mornings" be used as an adverbial? E.g.: "The mornings it was raining, I went for a massage. The mornings it was sunny, I went to the beach."

I know that the prepositional phrases "in/on the mornings", "in/on the afternoons" and "in/on the evenings" can be used as adverbials. But I don't know whether the noun ...
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"They live ten miles north of Boston."—Does it mean "10m from the north of Boston to the north" or "from the north of Boston to an unknown direction"?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) They live ten miles north of Boston. What does it literally mean?: (1a) Being in the north of Boston, we should go ten miles north in order to come to them. (1b) ...
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Not sure if "see" is used intransitively or transitively

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged Much that dog and see won't he come along ―Horace Kephart Does the sentence mean If he won't come along, much that dog and see ("see&...
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Is the semicolon in this sentence used correctly?

I suspect that the semicolon in this sentence below seems wrong, because only two independent clauses can be stringed together by a semicolon. Adverbial phrases are not independent clauses. You ...
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When vs while is sentences

I know that when we focus on duration, While/when I was cooking she came in. we are allowed to use both "while" and "when". When we focus on effects we are only allowed to use &...
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"It looked not (very) large." is correct with "very" but incorrect without, right?

The aim of this question is to understand the structure "not + modifier + adjective/adverb" better. Does it always sound natural? If not, then when can we use it and when not? the textbook &...
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Adjective phrase or adverb phrase

Norma ate in silence. The word 'ate' is a transitive verb that requires an object to clear its meaning. What is the function of the phrase 'in silence' here? Either it's serving as an adjectival ...
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He "eats vegetables but do not eat meat" because he knows his body and it doesn't digest meat well. - adverbial clause modify the whole thing?

Lots of sources often say adverbial clauses modify the main verb. I wonder if adverbial clauses can modify more than two verbs, like in the examples below Example 1 He "wears pink in the winter ...
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At a female bar, female bartenders serve you drinks. - What is the point in putting an adverbial phrase or clause at the beginning of a sentence? [closed]

What is the point in putting an adverbial phrase or clause at the beginning of a sentence? Does that have anything to do with emphasizing? Example 1 At a female bar, female bartenders serve you ...
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Can a prepositional phrase be an object complement?

If yes, how not to confuse a prepositional phrase as an object complement and as an adverb. E.g "I consider you as a friend". Is "as a friend" an adverb implying "I'm your ...
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What is this name for this piece of language, and how is it best positioned?

In the following, is the portion between the commas "...for any of a number of reasons..." -- an adverbial phrase, or appositive phrase, or what? And what rules or guidelines, strict or ...
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How to know when to use adverb or adverbial phrase?

Ex- In the sentence "look here" here is the adverb of the verb. If I write "look at here" why is this wrong? Can't I consider "at here" as the adverbial phrase with at ...
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Grammatical Unit İdentifying Problem

Fearing the old woman would be frightened by their being alone, and not hoping that the sight of him would disarm her suspicions, he took hold of the door and drew it towards him ...
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vodka in my soda

a. I had vodka in my soda. b. I drank vodka in my soda. Are these grammatically correct? I think (a) is and (b) is not. (a) would just mean there was vodka in my soda. I might not even have drunk it. ...
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past participle indicating time

And as for staying tea, I can't hear of it; for there's this dairymaid, now she knows she's to be married, turned Michaelmas, she'd as lief pour the new milk into the pig-trough as into the pans. (...
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Difference between in and for in perfect tense with duration

Compare the following sentences: I have lived here for 10 years. [a] I have lived here on and off for 10 years. [b] I have lived here every summer for 10 years. [c] As I know, the period of time ...
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He was bawling his eyes out. (his eyes are complement or object?)

He was bawling his eyes out. I think if someone says 'He was bawling', this makes sense. But in which way, was he bawling? Making his eyes out? If I am correct, I would like to regard 'his eyes out' ...
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they come from around Austin

a. Our customers come from around Austin. b. Our customers come from all around Austin. Do those sentences mean They come from different places in Austin They come from places near Austin (but not ...
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What is the difference between the word "where" in these two questions?

1-Where is Andrew? 2-Do you know where Andrew is? I think in the first statement it's (wh word and) object and second one might acting like preposition. I am wondering why auxiliary verb and the name &...
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What tenses work with "all the time"?

I was very lucky the first time I played tennis. I won the first four games and was beginning the fifth when the man I was playing against said with a shouting voice "I stop playing against you. ...
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people these days/the people these days

The people these days are not interested in avantgarde movies. People these days are not interested in avantgarde movies. Is there a difference in the meanings of these sentences? My impression is ...
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Usage of adjuncts this week / month / year

I am your math teacher this week / month / year. I will be your math teacher this week / month / year. I have been your math teacher this week / month / year. While the first sentence can be uttered ...
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What are you doing up at this late hour?

What are you doing up at this late hour? Can I rewrite the sentence above as below? (Being) Up at this late hour, what are you doing?
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Relative adjective using when

I'm learning how the relative pronoun when works in a sentence. While combining this clause The day was snowy. My brother was born on that day. I came up with 2 forms of relative adjective clauses. ...
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Identifying a prepositional phrase as an adverb or adjective

I am having a difficult time identifying whether the prepositional phrase in the following sentence is acting as an adverb or an adjective. Here is the sentence: Did they really buy all the guys ...
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"from way back" as an adverbial

How is "from way back" used as an adverbial? Can it be used in a present-tense sentence? The following is an example sentence of "from way back" in the OED. Is it natural in ...
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Can "from" used to show a consequence?

They're affected from being unable to live their normal lives because areas of land are contaminated I think "being unable to live their normal lives" is a consequence of being affected. In ...
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Does this question remain the same when it is a subordinate clause: "Who can tell me what day is it today?"

This is from an English teaching web site School conversation (see:01:15) Who can tell me what day is it today? As we know, a question sentence changes structure when it functions as a subordinate ...
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present participle as an adverbial?

The use of some words in English grammar resources is expressed as follows: 1-) I passed the exam by studying. 2-) I cut the paper using scissor. Why isn't '' by '' added in 2 ? or Why isn't the word '...
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up to five/until five

a. The police had a list of the people who were in the building up to five o'clock. b. The police had a list of the people who were in the building until five o'clock. In which of the above sentences ...
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in four months / after four months / four months later

Are the following boldfaced options okay? If any one of them is not okay, could you explain why? The judge sentenced the murderer to death on December 15 last year, and he was executed in four months ...
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cooked it well as you wanted

a. I cooked the pie in a clay dish as you wanted. b. I cooked the pie in a clay dish, as you wanted. Is there a difference in the meanings of the above sentences? Does the comma change anything? I ...
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Could I use future with the when clause in this case?

Could you send it when the Christmas rush will be over. Could you send it when the Christmas rush is over. Are they both grammatical and what is the difference in their meaning? I think the first one ...
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Can an "adverb of time" modify a noun/ noun phrase?

I'm aware that an "adverb of time" usually just modifies a verb and answers the question "when". But, I'm a bit confused with this sentence here: "He completed a course for a ...
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Present participle as a verb modifier or reduced adjective clause? [closed]

I've been working hard on this grammar topic but I still haven't fully figured it out. 1-) These are machines that take room air and extract the nitrogen, producing greater than 90% pure oxygen. The ...
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reduced adjective clause or adverbial?

These are machines that take room air and extract the nitrogen, producing greater than %90 pure oxygen. Is '' producing ''reduced adjective clause or adverbial?
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The difference from the present tense and the present-perfect tense in an adverb clause

I learnt at school that you use the present tense in an adverb clause even if you mention the future, but I often encounter adverb clauses with the present-perfect tense. I would like to know the ...
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Can I use "above that", "beyond that" or "from there" to refer to an age group?

I was told that native speakers sometimes use above with ages. An example could be that anyone above the age of 18 is allowed to participate. Therefore, I can use "above that" in my sentence ...
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The independence "one from the other": an adverbial phrase?

This is the sentence in question from The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky by James McGilvray: Evidence for both kinds of modularity comes from the independence one from the other of the various ...
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Deciding the semantic role of an adverbial clause starting with "with"

The sentence at issue is When I woke up with my legs dangling over the side of the bed, my feet touched something other than the floor. Could you help me determine whether "with my legs ...
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What are example usages of the preposition 'during' in a noun phrase?

I've met all my good friends during my stay in New York. The band hit the big time during the 1990s. Please remain seated during the performance. Above are three example usages of the preposition '...
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killing a cash cow for

a. You are killing a cash cow for both of us. b. You are killing what is a cash cow for both of us. Are both of the above sentences grammatical and meaningful? My problem in (a) is that it seems to be ...
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Adverb phrase vs adjective phrase …

Take this money and buy some bandages in the shop. Here in the shop — acts as a adjective or adverb. Because in the shop indicates place, it also modifies bandages so it can be adjective-like. So plz ...
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Dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence which modifies the predicate

I’m looking for a term that describes the dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence that modifies the predicate (not sure if I’m describing this accurately). For example, in the sentence “With a ...
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Does 'during the summer' imply how long does the activity take or when does the activity happen?

This exercise is from BC Learn English Web site I don't understand why it should only be in the 'when' column (according to the answer key) During on Cambridge Dictionary: a)From the beginning to the ...
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what does 'with n as adj' mean?

The sentence: A WSGI-compliant server or gateway should document what variables it provides, along with their definitions as appropriate. How to understand with their definitions as appropriate? ...
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as she was opening her presents

a) As she was opening her presents, so was I. b) As she was opening her presents, so did I. I think (b) means something slightly different and implies that I started and finished while she was opening ...
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where vs after which

A native speaker corrected my essay. This is his version. I think "where" clearly modifies the 2012 level because, to modify "during 2015", "after which" would be used. ...
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as our enemies are joining forces

a. As our enemies are joining forces, so should we. b. We should join forces as our enemies are. c. We should join forces, as our enemies are. Which could mean We should join forces because our ...
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what does the phrase ''such as'' mean? [closed]

I am confused about the phrase ''such as'' in the following sentence. in second part the pronoun ''it'' make me comfused and the ''it'' seems to refer the phrase ''the genuine teaching of the Buddha&...
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