Definition of adverbial in English:

adverbial

Syllabification: ad·ver·bi·al
Pronunciation: /adˈvərbēəl
 
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Grammar

adjective

Like or relating to an adverb.
More example sentences
  • Such adverbs are sometimes called prepositional adverbs, sometimes adverbial particles.
  • The word's warm informality also makes it usable as what might be called an adverbial noun, modified by an adjective.
  • 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.

noun

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A word or phrase functioning like an adverb.
More example sentences
  • Adverbials that modify the sentence as a whole are sentence adverbials, and adverbs that function as sentence adverbials are sentence adverbs.
  • 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.
  • Yet in French the adverbial has to intervene between verb and object.

Derivatives

adverbially

adverb
More example sentences
  • But it's a prepositional phrase used adverbially, modifying ‘said’.
  • This would certainly be valid grammatically, if the verbal sense were correct, but it remains difficult to give a good sense to the clause if the expression ‘like a cedar’ must be tied adverbially to the verb.
  • Equally evidently, from any such adverbially qualified sentence we can validly infer a sentence from which one or more of the adverbial qualifiers has been detached.

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