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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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Hi Sir,
I wanna know that what is the difference between ADVERBS and ADVERBIALS ?

Hi Imran 26,

An adverb is a kind of word. An adverbial is any word, phrase or clause which functions as an adverb in the sentence. Thus, adverbial is a bigger category which contains adverbs as well as other things.



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Although by definition, adverb doesn't modify Pronoun,Noun Clause, prepositional phrases etc but their usage pattern in many sentences suggest that adverbs indeed modify the above. Why grammarians differ on this ?

My second question is:-
Are discourse markers, sentence connectors and conjunctive adverbs the same thing called differently by grammarians. If yes, what do they modify? The complete clause following the discourse marker since conjunctive adverbs modify the entire clause to which it is attached(sentence adverbs) .

Adverb phrase vs Adverbial phrase!

I have studied that all ADVERB PHRASES are also know as ADVERBIAL PHRASES.


For instance:

Rick writes beautifully. (Here "carefully" can also be called an "ADVERB or ADVERBIAL.")

Rick writes very beautifully. (Here "very beautifully" can also be called an "ADVERB phrase or ADVERBIAL phrase.")

Rick writes in a beautiful manner. (Here "in a beautiful manner" can only be called "ADVERBIAL PHRASE".")

Can "in a beautiful manner" also be called "ADVERB PHRASE"?

Adverb is a single word and an adverb phrase is two or more adverbs together. However, an adverbial phrase is a more informative group of words that will contain other words apart from adverbs and may or may not actually contain an adverb.

I have confusion about Adverb phrase and Adverbial phrase!

Hello Nehashri

It sounds to me as if you do understand this, but I'll explain it briefly in case that helps.

An adverb is a single word (e.g. 'quickly'). An adverb phrase can be simply an adverb (e.g. 'quickly') or an adverb plus other words (e.g. 'very quickly', which is two adverbs, the main one being 'quickly').

An adverbial phrase functions as an adverb, but does not necessarily contain an adverb. Prepositional phrases (e.g. 'in two years'), for example, often function as adverbs: 'I will graduate in two years'. Note that there is no adverb in this adverbial phrase.

In this grammar, adverbs and adverb phrases are also referred to as 'adverbials' -- the term 'adverbial' is used for any word or phrase that has an adverbial function in a sentence.

Hope that clears it up for you.

All the best


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Hello Nehashri

I'm sorry if I confused you. You're right that in general use, 'phrase' refers to at least two words, but in syntax analysis, it can refer to a single word. If you read the Wikipedia entry for 'phrase' I think you'll see what I mean.

All the best


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Hello Nehashri

As I understand it, a prepositional phrase that has an adverbial function (such as 'in a polite manner') is not correctly referred to as an adverb phrase -- instead, as you say, it should be called an adverbial phrase.

Only phrases that have an adverb in them are properly referred to as adverb phrases.

Best wishes


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Hello sir, good evening! How are you? I hope everyone's fine.

I just would like to ask what is the explanation of adverbs of quantity (with count nouns : too much, fewer, more and n't enough) and what about noncount nouns: too much, less, more and isn't enough)

I don't understand them how to use them.


Hello Lavern,

We actually have a page devoted to the topic of quantifiers. I think you'll find it useful. It also has some exercises so you can test yourself on the topic. You can find the page here:

We can't give detailed general explanations of language items in the comments sections of the pages but if you have any specific questions we'll be happy to answer them. Including an example to illustrate your question is helpful too.



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I needa bit of help please?