According to CGEL, that-clause can function as an adjunct. The following sentence is an example from page 952 of CGEL.

He appealed to us to bring his case to the attention of the authorities that justice might be done.

But I can not find any explanation about that-clause as an adjunct. What is the semantic function used in the above example sentence?

Any explanation and example about using that-clause as adjunct is also appreciated.

  • I can't offer anything particularly helpful, but I will say that as a British English speaker, I am perfectly comfortable with this usage but realise that it would not commonly be used in every day speech by the majority.
    – Karl
    Apr 22, 2016 at 3:42
  • Think of it as meaning so that justice might be done . It then becomes clear that it's a purpose adjunct. Content clauses as adjunct are not common; usually they are complement to a preposition like "so" (or a compound PP like "in order") cf. Open the wine so/in order that it can breathe.
    – BillJ
    Apr 22, 2016 at 7:06

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The clause

that justice might be done

is an adverbial adjunct modifying the verb bring, and giving the reason for or the expected result of the verb's action. I.e., it answers the question why bring the action?

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