One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word or phrase functioning as a major clause constituent and typically expressing place (in the garden), time (in May), or manner (in a strange way).
- ‘As for the frequency of adverbials in -ly, I don't know of any study of recent historical changes in their frequency, so here's a small start.’
- ‘One of its little peculiarities is that along with front placement of the adverbial goes inversion of main verb and subject.’
- ‘Adverbials that modify the sentence as a whole are sentence adverbials, and adverbs that function as sentence adverbials are sentence adverbs.’
- ‘Yet in French the adverbial has to intervene between verb and object.’
- ‘In my view, the present perfect is forbidden when the verb is qualified by an adverbial referring to a time period, except if the time period includes the present.’
Relating to or functioning as an adverb or adverbial.
- ‘But this form of the question implies an adverbial construction.’
- ‘I have checked three other dictionaries, one of which did not show ‘incredulously’ as an acceptable adverbial form; however, the Oxford dictionary did show it as a valid entry.’
- ‘Such adverbs are sometimes called prepositional adverbs, sometimes adverbial particles.’
- ‘But sometimes his adverbial excess and convoluted structures result in awkward prose.’
- ‘The word's warm informality also makes it usable as what might be called an adverbial noun, modified by an adjective.’
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