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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,
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

Hello Peter,
Thanks for your reply. May i ask if the above phrases will qualify as co-ordinate conjunction though no grammar book has a mention of them as Conjunction.
Best regards

Hello Bharati,

Yes, I would say so. If you look the phrases up in a good dictionary then you'll see that they are classified as conjunctions:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/still%20less

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/never%20mind

 

There are so many conjunctions in English when phrases are included that it's well nigh impossible to list them all. Most grammar books for learners simplify the list of coordinating conjunctions to the most common and useful seven, using the acronym FANBOYS. There are, however, many more.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question
What does the phrase between brackets describe?Carriages used to be drawn( by horses.) *
1. used to
2. carriages
3 drawn

Hello tareq

'by horses' is the agent of the passive verb 'used to be drawn'. Another way of saying this is 'In the past, horses drew carriages.' 

I'm afraid that none of three options you list explains the meaning of 'by horses'.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I've got a question.
Could someone tell me which sentence is better?
I went to London with my parents.
I went with my parents to London.

Thank you very much,
Kind regards,

Alice Pirsoul

Hello Alice,

The normal word order here is the first one. We usually say where to before who with. It's not grammatically wrong to say it in a different order, but it is not the normal way and not how we would phrase it.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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