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Is the phrase, "When I ride my bike with my friends" functioning as an adverb or a preposition?

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    I think it depends on how it fits into the rest of the sentence. Compare "On the table there's a plate" and "I put a plate on the table".
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 9 at 20:20
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    In what sentence?
    – alphabet
    Commented Jul 9 at 20:55
  • A phrase starting with "when" is probably adverbial. You need to show the sentence when you ask about how a portion functions. Just saying. Commented Jul 9 at 22:25
  • 'When' is not a preposition. '... when I ride my bike with my friends' is a subordinate clause, probably qualifying a complete statement. 'I usually enjoy myself when I ride my bike with my friends.' Commented Jul 9 at 22:55
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    @tchrist but doubtless a multidupe. As is very probably the 'preposition according to some analysts' debate (I'm sticking with Quirk et al). Commented Jul 10 at 13:55

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