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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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Hi great team,
I don't understand one thing about that sentence.
"Police break up protests across Britain"
Is "across Britain" an adjectival prep.phrase, which modifies 'protests'

or adverbial prep. phrase,which says where police break up protests

Could you explain me please?
Best wishes

Hello Nevi,

There is no way to tell from the sentence alone whether it's meant to be adjectival or adverbial. In this case, it probably doesn't make a difference. Headlines in news items are often like this, but if you read the article or listen to the report, it usually becomes clear which is meant.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
I have a question about the adverbs:
How can I distinguish adverbs of time and frequency from adverbs of connecting & commenting if there's an adverb like "then".
Thanks.

Hello elsa78,

In the vast majority of cases, the context should make this clear. If there's a specific case you'd like to ask us about, please feel free to do so.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
I want to know the structure of the following sentence
- I think about him

1) is the verb "think" an intransitive verb
2) If the verb "think" is an intransitive verb, then what follows is a prepositional phrase ("about him") that modifies the verb
3) If the phrase modifies the verb "think", is the phrase an adverbial phrase (function) ?
4) If it is an adverbial phrase, then what does that phrase answer; WHY, WHERE, MANNER, WHEN, TO WHAT DEGREE?

Hi Peter Chin,

As I understand it, 'think' is intransitive here, but I'm not sure how I'd label the function of the prepositional phrase. This is a great question for an in-depth syntax course, but I'm afraid we don't generally go into this much detail on our site since our main purpose is to help people learn to use English.

I'd suggest two resources for you. The first is a sentence parser. You can find one here, but there are others that I'm sure you can find by doing an internet search for 'sentence parsing' or something similar. The second is the English Language and Usage Stack Exchange, where there are loads of details about English syntax and you can ask questions.

Hope this helps.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.I have a question about nouns.
Few days ago I read a post on Facebook by one of the NatGeo wild photographer ,He wrote 'A pride of lion .and another one was 'A trio of giraffe.
So my question is why did he use lion instead of lions and giraffe instead giraffes.
Is it incorrect saying a pride of lions?
Also how about trio of giraffe.

Hi Salum Hilali,

It's an interesting question! Both lion and giraffe are countable, and a pride of lions and a trio of giraffes would be the normal forms to use. I can't be sure why the photographer didn't use those forms. It could be a language or typing mistake, or alternatively it could be to create an uncountable meaning of lion and giraffe (meaning a group of them, without considering the animals individually).

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Are there 'double adverbs' in English grammar ? Or Does English language have 'double adverb(s)' ?

Hello Tluangtea,

Could you please give us an example of what you're talking about?

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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