Join hundreds of primary teachers in the TES Primary group. Find lesson ideas and inspiration, share best practice and get your questions answered by your peers. This is also the place for debate on the latest issues in primary teaching.
Try as I might I can't get my head round what one of these actually is!! Can anyone provide me with a simple explanation please? ( too much jargon nowadays is what I really think!!)
The way I see it. an adverbial phrase is a phrase that does the job of an adverb, i.e. describing how the verb is done.
E.g. "Without warning, she screamed."
"Without warning" is the adverbial phrase, as it describes how she screamed.
See what I mean? That's how I understand it but if anyone thinks it's something else then I'm prepared to be re-educated!
It describes how, when or where.
Thanks Winnie Woo. That's more or less what I thought it was, but it seemed too simple! Literacy Co-ordinator and I discussed it but she seemed to think it was a little more complex than I thought!
adverb adds to verb.so clause is a part sentence so anything which adds to the meaning ot the verb 'quickly ,in brief succession,the screams came out....'
Thanks all! think I've got it now! ? ?
Adverbial phrase and adverbial clause. Are they the same thing?
No they are different. A phrase is not contain a verb. A clause does - the adverbial modifies the verb. Examples here:
Hope that helps.
Thanks for that. Do our kids really need to know all this or shouldn't we encourage them to just enjoy writing?
You're welcome. I know what you're saying! Have you seen Pie Corbett books? Ive used Jumpstart Literacy - I use some of the games as starters, a bit like mental maths.
Have used a Pie Corbett book for writing stories. Loads of fab ideas but never seem to have the time to follow things through! Would love to take a story and read it from start to finish just for the sheer love of reading and not have to analize every other paragragh.I can remember having The 39 Steps read to us in Primary on a Friday afternoon. Elbows crossed on desk and heads down eyes closed! What a wonderful world of imagination and pictures in our heads just from having a story read to us!
I see an adverbial phrase as a headed construction.That is, a group of words with an adverb as its head/antecedent that does the work of an adverb.
Prepositional phrase,noun phrase, adverb, adverb phrase and adverbial clause may perform the same function of modifying a verb, adjective or an adverb but they are all referred to as adverbials.
Consider these examples;
Eddy answered immediately (adverb)
Eddy answered very quickly (adverb phrase)
Eddy answered in English (prepositional phrase)
Top of page
TES Editorial © 2012 TSL Education Ltd. All pages of the Website are
reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any material on the
Website for any commercial purposes. TSL Education Ltd Registered in England (No 02017289) at 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4HQ