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Adverbials : English Grammar

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Adverbials modify or tell us something about the sentence or the verb. It may be a single adverb, a phrase, or a prepositional phrase, or clause element.

When an adverbial modifies a verb, it changes the meaning of that verb.

For example:

  • The students looked at me.
  • The students looked at me fearfully (The verb looked suddenly has a very different meaning).

When an adverbial modifies a sentence, the meaning of the sentence changes.

For example:

  • I attained all my goals.
  • Surprisingly, I attained all my goals.

Word groups that are also considered to be adverbials can also modify verbs: a prepositional phrase, a noun phrase, a finite clause or a non-finite clause.

Multi-word adverbials are sometimes called adverbial phrases.

For example:

  • I drove as quickly as I could, but I missed the flight.
  • If a whole clause acts as an adverbial, it's called an adverbial clause.

For example:

  • I'll go to bed when the show ends.
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