English Adverbial Phrases

    Beginner+ English - Level A2


    This unit covers adverbial phrases. Adverbial phrases modify a verb, adjective or adverb by specifying how, when, where, or why an action takes place.


    English-Adverbial Phrases

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    English A2

    Adverbial Phrases

    An adverbial phrase is a group of words that function as an adverb - they modify a verb, adjective, or another adverb. Adverbial phrases can be grouped according to whether they deal with time, manner, place or cause/reason. Here are some examples:

    She will call back in a little while.

    Superman can fly like a bird.

    Aaron shoots the arrow at the target.

    They went on vacation in order to relax.

    Adverbial phrases can occur in three different forms: as an infinitive phrase, a prepositional phrase, or an adverb with an intensifier.

    I walked very quickly down the street. (adverb + intensifier)
    They signed up to get special offers. (infinitive phrase)
    Susan is sitting near the window. (prepositional phrase)

    Just like adverbs, adverbial phrases can be placed at the beginning of a sentence to place emphasis on the phrase. Compare the following two sentences:

    I will fly next week to Chicago.
    Next week, I will fly to Chicago.

    In the second example, the element of time represented by the adverbial phrase, "next week," is highlighted and given extra weight or importance in the sentence.

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