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Adverbs

Adverb Clauses & Phrases

 

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An adverbial clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb that modifies or describes a verb.

The following table contains examples of adverbial clauses which are in italics.

Examples of adverbial clauses
We will yell "Happy Birthday" when the cake arrives Yankee Stadium was where the game was played. The drippy faucet is why the plumber was called.
Birthday cake Baseball bat Drippy faucet

 

 

An adverbial phrase is a group of words without a subject and verb that acts like an adverb.

The follsowing table contains examples of adverbial phrases which are in italics.

 

Examples of adverbial phrases
New Year's Day is on January 1st. Dice are used for many games The fan is on the ceiling
New Years Day Dice Ceiling fan

 

 

Infinitive phrases (those that being with the preposition to) can also act as adverbs.

The following table contains examples of adverbial clauses which are in italics.

 

Examples of infinitive adverbial phrases
The fireplace was used to warm the room The compass was invented to guide travelers. The magnifying glass was bought to zoom in on images
Fireplace Compass Magnifying glass

 

 

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