Example sentences for: adverb

How can you use “adverb” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Bruce, it turned out, was the author of the 15-word super-sentence--a creation that not only contains an elliptical adverb clause of comparison, “than I [practised],” and a hidden noun clause, “[that] he stank,” but compacts the four phrases into the subordinate part and the three clauses into the main part.

  • These are: prepositional phrase, participial phrase, gerund phrase, infinitive phrase, adverb clause, adjective clause, and noun clause.

  • In the last two examples an adjective switches to an adverb.

  • The numbers in the above sentence indicate the beginning of each phrase and subordinate clause-- (1) adverb clause: “When people who swing want to see what's happening” modifies the verb try in the main clause; (2) adjective clause: “who swing” modifies the noun people ; (3) infinitive phrase: “to see what's happening” acts as the direct object of the verb want ; (4) noun clause: “what's happening” acts as the direct objective of the infinitive “to see”; (5) gerund phrase: “attending parties given by hipsters” acts as the direct object of the verb try ; (6) participial phrase: “given by hipster” modifies the noun parties ; (7) perpositional phrase: “by hipsters” modifies the passive participle given . In subsequent sentences I shall provide numbers but leave the reader to identify the structures, which will appear in varying orders, so as to avoide cluttering the discussion with labyrinthine explanations like this one.

  • After all, the use of a hyphen in adverb/adjective compounds is a matter of style, which can be described in a rule: in position before a noun, compounds with well --indeed, any not ending in - ly --like well-heeled, well-known, well-thought-out , are hyphenated, as in well-heeled gambler, well-known man-about-town, a well-thought-out plan ; but when they are in predicative position, as in Is she well heeled enough to sit in on our game?

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