Category Archives: Adverb
In our previous chapter, we discussed Adverbs and its kinds with examples. Today, moving further, we will know what adverbial phrases are and how we can form them. Moreover, we will try to understand how and where we better place adverbs in a sentence. So, here we go →
Adverbial phrases are nothing but collections of words which act like adverbs. See examples →
- Complete the homework now.
- Complete the homework within an hour.
- Complete the homework when you are done with maths.
See the first sentence. It has an adverb ‘now‘ - Adverb of Time. The next one which states ‘within an hour‘ has the same syntactic function as that of ‘now‘. Both of them indicate time/a time frame and ask you to complete the ‘homework‘ within a time frame. The same applies with the third sentence as well. However, the adverbial phrase here is a clause (adverbial clause) which has a subject as well as a verb. But it acts like ‘now‘ here too. Read the sentences and you can better understand them. All of the sentences tell of time frame by which you are asked to ‘complete the homework‘. All of them, thus, are adverbs or behave like adverbs. See a few more examples of adverbial phrases below →
- last year ↔ Adverbial phrase of time
- in the morning ↔ Adverbial phrase of time
- as early as possible ↔ Adverbial phrase of frequency
- in a great way ↔ Adverbial phrase of manner
- to a great extend ↔ Adverbial phrase of degree
- for good ↔ Adverbial phrase of frequency
In our previous chapters, we went deep into different parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns. Today, we will know and discuss another part of speech - the Adverb. Let’s look at the below sentence →
John walks fast
What does the above sentence indicate? There can be a question with the sentence – ‘How does John walk?‘ The answer is ‘fast‘. The word ‘fast‘ modifies the verb (the action of the subject) ‘walk‘. Such words are known as Adverbs.
An adverb is a part of speech which modifies the meaning of a verb, an adjective and another adverb. See a few examples below →
- Don’t talk aloud.
- She is very beautiful.
- You eat very fast.
- I feel much better now.
- You are absolutely right.
- He follows me everywhere.