A 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.
- 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)
Read the following Adverbs and Adverbial Phrases:
|Beautifully||in a beautiful style.|
|Everywhere||in all places.|
|Here||at this place.|
|Now||at this very moment.|
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
- 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