Definition of adverbial in English:
Like or relating to an adverb.
- 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.
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A word or phrase functioning like an adverb.
- 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.
- 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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