An adverb phrase or adverb (adverbial) clause gives us information about the verb such as how, when, where, and how often something happens.
What is the Difference between adverbs of time and frequency?
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- Remember that adverbs change the meaning of verbs in sentences.
- An adverb phrase or adverb (adverbial) clause gives us information about the verb such as how, when, where, and how often something happens.
- An adverb or adverbial phrase is one or more words that change the verb in a sentence.
- There are 3 main types of adverbial phrases: time, place, and frequency (how often something happens).
6 Examples of Adverb (Adverbial) Phrases of Time
Some common examples of adverbial phrases of time, their meanings, and phrase functions:
|today||the day before yesterday|
|tomorrow||the day after tomorrow|
|the other day||during the winter|
|this week / this month / this year||over the summer|
|next week / next month / next year||in the springtime|
|last week / last month / last year||very late|
6 Examples of Adverb (Adverbial) Phrases of Place
Some examples of adverb phrases of place:
|here||down||through the looking glass|
|there||up||around the bend|
|back||up front||over the moon|
|near the (place)||away from||under the sea|
|around the corner||in the box||over the rainbow|
|out in the street||side by side||by the light of the silvery moon|
6 Examples of Adverb (Adverbial) Phrases of Frequency and Degree
Some examples of adverbial phrases of frequency (or adverbs of degree), in order of most frequent to least frequent:
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How do I use adverbial phrases and what is the order of words?
An adverbial phrase usually comes after the main verb or object, or at the end of the sentence:
|Noun||Main Verb||Adverbial Phrases|
|I||worked very hard||last week. (Time)|
|She / he||lives||right over there. (Place)|
|It||happens||again and again. (Frequency)|
However, there are always exceptions:
Adverbial phrases of time can also appear in front of the noun when we want to emphasize the adverb.
|Adverbial Phrase of Time||Noun||Verb|
|Later this week,||the Queen||will visit Balmoral Castle.|
|Until recently||the telephone||was used only for verbal communication.|
|Suddenly,||the cat||dashed up the tree.|
Adverbials of frequency are usually placed between the noun and the verb or adverb:
|Noun||Adverbial clause of Frequency||
|I/You||often||stop here for a cup of tea.|
|He/She||usually||arrives on time.|
|It||almost always||rains if I forget my umbrella.|
|We/They||never||ate Frey pie again.|
They also appear at the end of a sentence:
|Adverbial Phrase of Frequency|
|I/You||stop here for a cup of tea||often.|
|He/She||drives to the country||every weekend.|
|It||starts at noon sharp||on Tuesdays.|
|We/They||will not stay||for very long.|
And adverbials of place usually appear at the end of a sentence:
|Adverbial Phrase of Place|
|He/She||sleeps||over there by the fire|
|It||stands||on the spot where the old tavern was.|
|We/They||sat||at the back of the church.|
Sometimes, in creative writing and music lyrics, the adverbial of place can begin a sentence:
|Adverbial Phrase of Place|
|Outside,||snow is glistening in the lane, are you listening?|
|Down in||the boondocks …|
|Here||comes the sun|
|Upstairs, at the end of the hall,||there is a room where no one goes.|