An adverb phrase is a group of words that serves the purpose as an adverb. An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective or another adverb.
Study the examples given below.
- He behaved rudely. (Verb – behaved; adverb – rudely)
Here the word ‘rudely’ explains how he behaved.
We can express the same idea using an adverb phrase.
- He behaved in a rude manner.
Here the phrase ‘in a rude manner’ also explains how he behaved. As it modifies the verb it acts as an adverb.
Another example is given 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)
Study the adverbs and adverb phrases equivalent to them.
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
By using adverb phrases instead of adverbs, you can add variety to your writing.