Questions tagged [adverbials]

An adverbial is any syntactic constituent able to take the place of an adverb, including adverbial phrases and adverbial clauses. These can serve as complements or as modifiers.

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Adverb as a modifier

We have a sentence given below: I'll see you sometime in the afternoon. In the above sentence, 'sometime' is an adverb, modifying the PP: 'in the afternoon.' The adverb 'sometime' can be expanded ...
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Could a relative clause modify an adverbial phrase?

When my trunks slipped down, she got to know me a little more up close and personal that we were ready for at that moment. For me the relative clause "that we were ready for" is the modifier of the ...
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What does “where” mean in “co-operating with liberal or conservative parties where possible to survive the entire term”? [migrated]

In their 2020-02-05 column, “Minority report: German politics”, The Economist writes: In the 1970s West Germany’s two main parties, one centre-left, one centre-right, together captured over 90% of ...
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How can I know when a present-tense verb has a future time implication not strictly a present time one? [migrated]

When do I know that the present tense has a future implication not a present one? For instance: We are making some changes to the speech and we are losing the ‘ocean’ part. Does the verb losing here ...
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Adverbial clause or adjectival clause?

(When they are used properly), pyrethroids have been found to pose very little risk on human. What is the grammatical name and function of the expression in the bracket?
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A woman with two children came. Is “with two children” an attribute or an adverbial modifier?

I'm not sure what the phrase “with two children” is doing here. Is it describing "a woman" or "came" or this make sense both way.
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How to parse “this is so they can…”

Ligaments connect bones to each other. This is so they can help stabilize the joints and provide structure to the skeletal frame. source Parsing one: "So they can help..." is predicative. Parsing ...
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Is this tutorial using “to [verb]-ing” the right way? When should I just use “to [verb]”? [duplicate]

That tutorial says Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is an approach to analyzing datasets to summarize their main characteristics. It is used to understand data, get some context regarding it, ...
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“in that way” - Which of the following three sentences is more correct to convey the desired meaning?

I'm not asking for a proof reading. And to further clarify, the Context is there to only provide context. I ask you to please ignore any perceived mistakes in the Context (located underneath the ...
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the + superlative adverbs

The rule I once wrote in my documents from the internet: The article is omitted when comparison is between different levels of performance/execution by the same person or thing: He runs ...
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What are AWAY and APART modifying here?

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs away and apart. The villages are miles apart. The exam is only two weeks away. It is three days apart. It is five kilometers away/apart. Away and apart ...
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a relative pronoun/adverb as an adverbial

He collects some cars that are antique. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the subject of “are” here. This is the letter (that) my mother sent me. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the ...
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Since and for, where can they be omitted?

I’m well aware of the difference between ‘since’ and ‘for’. However I have a question. Imagine I say ‘I’ve been working on the essay since Saturday’ or ‘I’ve been working on the essay for two days’. ...
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Is the phrase 'Going forward' an adverbial phrase? Are there any particular contexts in which it can or cannot be used?

I recently was asked this question by one of my colleagues, if this was an adverb or an adjective. While I figure it cannot be an adjective, I presumed it is an adverbial phrase. Would I be right to ...
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What's happening in this sentence using “far away”?

"David and Emma live far away in the mountains." What grammatical role do the words "far" and "away" have in that sentence? I realize that "far away" must be an adverbial, that can be both a ...
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Putting adverbs such as “on Wednesday” in the beginning and at the end of sentences

What's the difference between the following two sentences: On Wednesday I went shopping I went shopping on Wednesday
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Adverbs of location after be verb

We're upstairs. In this sentence, is upstairs a noun or an adverb? I think it's the latter because if it was a noun, the sentence is missing a preposition before upstairs. To my knowledge, in a SVC ...
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How to use “same” as an adverb?

I have the following sentence: An uncommitted player reacts to different alliance types the same. I may as well say “...in the same way” but want to keep it short if possible. Is this a correct ...
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adverbial phrase inversion

I am teaching English at a high school in South Korea. I am not an American but Korean. Recently, I was teaching adverbial phrase inversion as a grammatical point. My question is which of these ...
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What part of speech is “rather than” in the sentence, “Consider swimming rather than hiking.” [closed]

What part of speech is rather than in the sentence Consider swimming rather than hiking. Is it an adverbial phrase, or is than a comparative conjunction and rather an adverb?
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Can a noun be an adverb? [duplicate]

This question, which I first posed on the ELL site a few weeks ago, remains effectively unanswered. Although there an answer did finally get posted, it seemed to be more of a parody of an answer than ...
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When and why can you omit “when” (or other conjunctions or prepositions) before a gerund clause that’s used adverbially?

I had a bad experience working there. Is that sentence correct, or must I write: I had a bad experience when working there. I had a bad experience while working there. or even: ...
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Indefinite article forming an adverbial or adjectival phrase

Consider the sentence "She's a little crazy", taken from Disney's Aladdin. The copula verb has been attached to an adjective (the other common thing it combines with is an object), in this case the ...
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“Inside her” or “inside of her” [closed]

Lit a fire "inside her" or "inside of her" Which is correct in this case? Is "inside" a preposition here? I read the similar questions to mine, in particular this one - “Inside of a house” versus “...
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Where is it best to put the “when” of a sentence?

John yesterday went to the store to buy eggs. John went to the store yesterday to buy eggs. John went to the store to buy eggs yesterday.
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Adverbial modifier with the insertion of comma

I was studying about participles and one site a guy asked the following question: How would the meaning of the following sentences differ from each other? 1. The beach, located on the far side of ...
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Clause analysis of “He was red in the face”

I'm wondering if anyone could tell me how to analyse a clause such as "He was red in the face" – what is "in his face" here? Is it an adverbial, or a complement of "red"? Thank you!
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What is the function of “for more productivity” on this sentence?

rapid population increases drive the search for more productivity. What is the function of "for more productivity"? is it a complement or an adverbial? Thank you!
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Second “To Be” with Irrealis/Past Subjunctive

Assuming that I'm a person who uses irrealis subjunctive, and every part of the example situation is hypothetical, which of the following is more correct? Option 1: If I were ever in a store where I ...
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Why does “An Advanced English Syntax” say the infinitive in these sentences is adverbial?

In sentences like the following the Infinitive is probably Adverbial, and therefore the italicized part will be put in the Adjunct column. You seem to be ill. He is known to be reliable. ...
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Several dependent clauses connected with “or”

my problem sentence is the following: After completion, or due to termination, the car picks up the crew members and flies them back to the moon. I would like to make those commas as I put them ...
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Misplaced modifier?

I was wondering whether an adverbial prepositional phrase can come after the object without it modifying the verb/object in the sentence. For example, The storm pelted hail with great ...
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Is this an adverbial complement? “They led me _to believe that there was no danger_.”

I'm a novice who realised the existence of this site today. The following picture is from Idiomatic and Syntactic English Dictionary by A.S. Hornby: Pattern 10 Verbs marked P 10 may be ...
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continue [through] to

I'm wondering what contribution the word "through" makes to the following sentence: The trend continued [through] to April. How does the above differ from the following? The trend continued to ...
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Does putting a how before an independent clause make it dependent?

I'm wondering if putting a "how" before an independent clause somehow makes it dependent. Example: John questioned societal norms, and how those norms affected the students. or Example: John ...
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Preposition of manner

What is the way to place these sentences below? Are they fine or are there some rules? "Mayra is very happy in her life with Harry." "Mayra is very happy with Harry in her life."
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Confusion between two clauses

Could this clause be interpreted in both Adverbial clause and noun clause? Maria will tell you when David gets home - In this one, Maria says that she will tell someone when David gets home. ...
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May an adverbial qualifier suffice to free the word “free” of its ambiguity?

Free is an ambiguous word. For the purpose of this question I'll skip any meaning the word may bear as a verb, and I'll also overlook the "free from/of" variant. In fact, I'll just focus on the two ...
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Wrong use of adverbial (prepositional) phrase?

While other members of the judiciary regularly attract the ire of victims and their families for a lenient approach to what can seem the most brutal and callous of crimes... The above clause ...
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Is there an adverb meaning “by volunteering”?

I am looking for an idiomatic expression (something similar to "by choice" or by "one's volition") that would mean 'by volunteering.' Sentence: Meeting in cafes (or sometimes in private ...
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Usage of at in a question

I have recently read the following quote from a famous vegan activist: How would you feel if the moment you were born someone else had already planned the day of your execution? However, I think ...
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Comma usage: Sentence starting with “But”, sentential adverb, and followed by “when”

I have a sentence structured as follows in a scientific text. But, in particular, when doing A, the system cannot do B. I think all commas are formally required. However, for "But" in particular, ...
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Can a noun function as an adverbial?

As we know, some noun phrases can function as adverbials (especially temporal noun phrases). Here is an example taken from Wikipedia: James answered this morning. Can a single noun function as an ...
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Adverbial clauses or Gerunds! Which one is this?

In my King James Bible, I have found some words which look like Gerunds but they really are not, or at least they don't make sense when they get turned into nouns. Take a look at these examples: ...
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Some Sentence and Comma [closed]

Whatever the degree of integration, teaching autistic children effectively will require more funding, to train both specialist and mainstream teachers. Why do we need comma after "funding" and ...
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Can we reduce this adverb clause? “In winter, the Magdalen Islands are almost as isolated as when they were first discovered by Cartier.”

Can we change it to "...as when first discovered by Cartier"? Is " when they were first discovered by Cartier" an adverb clause? Or does the adverb clause start with "as isolated as..."? Is either ...
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What is and isn't a constituent, and how (whether?) can one argue that something is or isn't grammatical

Background In CGEL on p. 1317, we find the following analysis of the sentence [1] [Beauty] [as well as love] is redemptive. They note that the singular is signifies that as well as is here not a ...
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“has long been” or “has been for a long time”

As far as I know, '(for) a long time' is preffered to 'long' in affirmative sentences unless 'long' is matched up with too, enough, as, so, before, after, and etc. I read the following sentence on ...
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Commas with multiple prepositional (adverbial) phrases at the end of the sentence on the ground of restrictive/non-restrictive modifier

Do we put commas between 2 or more prepositional phrases that immediately follow each other at the end of the main clause if all of them modify/restrict the main predicate differently (e.g. one ...
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How is the distinction made between adverbs and nouns in adverbs which are representative of the thing of whose adverbial quality they also represent?

Adverbs of place, among other adverbs of the nature mentioned in the question, confuse me. Saying that "wherever" is an adverb when "wherever" functions both as the representation of the place and ...