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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 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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

 

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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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.

Regards!
Lavern

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:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/quantifiers

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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I needa bit of help please?

Hello DanyalParacha

What do you need help with?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

An adverb is a single word that modifies a verb, adjective or another adverb:

I sing badly. (Badly is an adverb that modifies the verb sing)

I sing really badly. (Badly is still an adverb, but now really is as well, modifying the adverb badly)

My voice is incredibly awful. (Incredibly is an adverb, modifying the adjective awful).

An adverbial is when a group of words does the job of an adverb. That group of words can contain nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, or whatever, and can be as complex as you want.

Am I right?

Hello quds001

Well done, that's a great (and correct) summary!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct
When there is a house that also has a garden can we say
1.It is a house with a big garden around it.
Around it, suits well in the sentence?
Thank you in advance

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