An adverb phrase is a group of words that serves the purpose as an adverb.
Remember: An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective or another adverb.
Study the examples given below.
Here the word ‘rudely’ explains how he behaved:
- He behaved rudely. (Verb – behaved; adverb – rudely)
We can express the same idea using an adverb phrase.
Here the phrase ‘in a rude manner’ also explains how he behaved. As it modifies the verb it acts as an adverb:
- He behaved in a rude manner.
More examples below:
- I am typing now. (Here the adverb ‘now’ modifies the verb ‘am typing’)
- I am typing at the moment. (Here the adverb phrase ‘at the moment’ modifies the verb ‘am typing’.)
- Computers were expensive then. (Adverb – then)
- Computers were expensive in those days. (Adverb phrase – in those days)
- He fell down. (Adverb – down)
- He fell to the ground. (Adverb phrase – to the ground)
Adverbs are used more in writing than speaking. Study the adverbs and adverb phrases equivalent to them to add variety to your writing.
- Bravely – in a brave manner or with bravery
- Swiftly – in a swift manner, or with swiftness
- Beautifully – in a beautiful style
- Formerly – in former times, or once upon a time
- Recently – just now or at a recent date
- Soon – before very long
- There – at the place