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Using Adverbs and Adverb Phrases as Conjunct Adverbials

Traditional grammars notionally define adverbs words that describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and clauses. Adverb phrases are phrases that consist of an adverb plus any other adverbs functioning as adverb phrase modifiers.

In grammar, a conjunct adverbial is a word or phrase that expresses a textual relationship. Adverbs and adverb phrases often function as conjunct adverbials in English. Examples of adverbs and adverb phrases as conjunct adverbials include the following:

  • First wash and peel the potatoes.
  • Then chop the potatoes into small pieces.
  • Cut the tomatoes into small chunks too.
  • The verb, nonetheless, is a favorite research topic of mine.
  • My favorite grammatical forms, however, are the preposition and the p-word.
  • Additionally, I enjoy studying modal verbs.


Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The linguistic structure of Modern English, 2nd edn. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Hopper, Paul J. 1999. A short course in grammar. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Huddleston, Rodney. 1984. Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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