Adverbial Phrase

phrase is a collection of words without a subject or predicate.

The phrase is the fundamental building block of English grammar.

Adverbial Phrase Definition

An Adverbial Phrase is a group of words that work as an adverb in a sentence.

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  • Alisha worked with care. (Carefully)
  • Manila looked at the tiger with fear. (Fearfully)
  • They left the town bag and baggage. (with all one’s belongings)
Adverbial Phrase

Read the following Adverbs and Adverbial Phrases:

Adverbs Adverbial Phrases
CarefullyWith care.
Bravelywith bravery.
Beautifullyin a beautiful style.
Everywherein all places.
Hereat this place.
Nowat this very moment.
Recentlyat present

Adverbial Phrases of Place

  • The salesman went door to door to promote his new product.
  • The dancers moved to and fro across the stage in perfect unison.
  • They left their home country to pursue better opportunities in a foreign country. (Adv. abroad)
  • News of the celebrity scandal spread far and wide, causing a media frenzy.
  • She keeps her ex-boyfriend at arm’s length.
  • I saw Lisa earlier, but now she’s nowhere to be found, maybe she went somewhere else. (Adv. away)
  • You can find that brand at all places that sell cosmetics. (Adv. everywhere)
  • The crime scene investigator found a clue on this spot that led to the perpetrator’s arrest. (Adv. here)
  • Rocky ran at a great speed to win the race. (Adv. swiftly)
  • It’s impossible for humans to survive on the moon without proper equipment.
  • I climbed up on the roof to get a better view of the sunset.
  • The host warmly welcomed the guests and told them to make themselves at home.

Adverbial Phrases of Time

  • He kept making the same mistake again and again. (Adv. repeatedly)
  • The teacher instructed the students to finish their assignments at once. (Adv. immediately)
  • Despite initial setbacks, the company believed that its strategy would pay off in the long run. (Adv. ultimately)
  • By and by, the children started to calm down after their tantrums. (Adv. gradually)
  • The couple had been together for a long time before finally deciding to get married.
  • Every Now and then, the old man would sit on the porch and tell stories about his youth. (Adv. frequently)
  • The flowers in the garden will bloom in time for the wedding next week. (Adv. eventually)
  • Now and then, she would check her phone for any important messages. (Adv. occasionally)
  • The athlete trained off and on for months before finally winning the championship. (Adv. irregularly)

Adverbial Phrase in the Sense of Method or Type

  • The couple promised to stick together through thick and thin.
  • He decided to leave the company on his own accord. (Adv. voluntarily)
  • The competitors fought tooth and nail to win the championship. (Adv. desperately)
  • The new company policy seemed to be implemented without rhyme or reason. (Adv. unreasonably)
  • He was a loyal friend through and through. (Adv. fully or thoroughly)
  • After the move to a new country, everything seemed to be at sixes and sevens.
  • The firefighter was equal to the occasion, heroically saving the trapped victims from the burning building.
  • She left the hotel bag and baggage.
  • He was an out-and-out optimist. (Adv. undoubtedly)
  • The soldiers fought hand to hand. (Adv. manually)
  • She put her heart and soul into her work.
  • With the new marketing strategy, sales increased by leaps and bounds. (Adv. rapidly)

Some Common Adverbial Phrases

  • At any time
  • At all/ In the least
  • In no time
  • For life.
  • On foot
  • Face to face
  • In all
  • By all means
  • By force
  • By the turn
  • Through shame
  • From age to age
  • Once for all
  • To this day
  • At the door
  • Side by side
  • On the whole
  • From head to foot
  • By chance
  • Owing to illness
  • The other day
  • All day long
  • Forever for good
  • Up the river
  • By mistake
  • For want of time
  • In course of time
  • At last
  • On horseback
  • Nowadays
  • Here and there
  • At least
  • More or less
  • All of a sudden
  • On oath
  • In the long run
  • In every house
  • day by day
  • All the year round
  • Down the river
  • On the river
  • One by one/one after another
  • little by little
  • By no means

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