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Using Adverbs and Adverb Phrases as Conjunct Adverbials


Using Adverbs and Adverb Phrases as Conjunct Adverbials

Traditional grammars notionally define adverbs words that describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and clauses. Adverb phrases are phrases that consist of an adverb plus any other adverbs functioning as adverb phrase modifiers.

In grammar, a conjunct adverbial is a word or phrase that expresses a textual relationship. Adverbs and adverb phrases often function as conjunct adverbials in English. Examples of adverbs and adverb phrases as conjunct adverbials include the following:

  • First wash and peel the potatoes.
  • Then chop the potatoes into small pieces.
  • Cut the tomatoes into small chunks too.
  • The verb, nonetheless, is a favorite research topic of mine.
  • My favorite grammatical forms, however, are the preposition and the p-word.
  • Additionally, I enjoy studying modal verbs.

Adverb Phrase as Conjunct Adverbial

Adverb Phrase as Conjunct Adverbial Grammar Tree



Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The linguistic structure of Modern English, 2nd edn. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Hopper, Paul J. 1999. A short course in grammar. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Huddleston, Rodney. 1984. Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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