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Adverbials

Adverbials are words that we use to give more information about a verb. They can be one word (angrily, here) or phrases (at home, in a few hours) and often say how, where, when or how often something happens or is done, though they can also have other uses.

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Hello! I'd like to clarify the difference between the phrases, "in school" and "at school", and when they appropriately used.

Thank you very much!

Hello Timmy,

I think the main difference is that in school is more common in US English, while at school is preferred in most contexts in UK English.

In terms of meaning/use, I think in UK English in school tends to mean that a person attends school (i.e. is a pupil), while at school tends to mean that the person is physically there:

My children are still in school. [= they have not graduated yet]

My children are still at achool. [they have not come home yet]

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much! This is really helpful!

It's really helpful.

Hello,
I would like to ask the following
1.Can we use the : short of in order to say up to a point.
For example
Question : Did you understand what I said?
Answer :Short of(up to point?, a little rtc)
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23

Yes, though please note that it's 'sort of' (or 'kind of'), not 'short of'.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Can "more than"/less than/as good as etc. be used as phrasal adverbs in example sentences :-
1. He was more than(meaning very) deserving.
2. Less than 40 People were present(less than is modifying forty)
3. It is as good as(meaning almost) lost.
Best regards

Hello Bharati,

Yes, all of those sentences are fine, though very prescriptive grammarians might insist on Fewer than 40 rather than less than 40 to avoid using less with a countable noun. To be honest, though, it is very common to use less in this way, especially in modern English.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
Thanks for your guidance.
May i ask if phrases like "let alone/not to mention/much less/what to talk of"etc are also used as adverbials modifying the residual part of the sentence in sentence like
"He was incapable of leading a bowling team, let alone/much less/what to talk of/not to mention a country"
Best regards

Hello Bharati,

Phrases like these, and similar ones such as never mind and still less, are conjunctions.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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