English Adverb Phrases

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What is an adverb phrase?

An adverb phrase is a group of words in a sentence that acts like an adverb.

A word or group of words


For example, you could say, "I live there."

In this sentence the word there is an adverb. It tells us where.

You could replace there with a group of words (a phrase) and say, "I live in the house on the other side of the street."

On the other side of the street is a phrase (a group of words without a finite verb), and it functions as an adverb in the sentence. It tells us where.

So we call it an adverb phrase.

Additional adverb phrase examples (the adverb phrase is in bold):

English Adverb Phrases

  • We hurried down the street to catch the bus.

  • She was born on the very same day.

  • George fell asleep holding his book.

  • Every now and then they meet and chat.

  • For now, I would like to ask you to leave.

  • Without a doubt, they will win the game.

  • He loves you very much.

  • Jennifer ran out the door, shouting his name.

  • You sold your car two months ago.

  • I'll go to bed when finished reading.

  • Liz has lost her bag in the street.

  • Joe fixed the car with a wrench.

  • She was doing it for her children.

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