+0


How can we differentiate between an adverbial phrase and a prepositional phrase?

1. I saw the movie on Friday.

2. Holmes is on the bed.

In 1st sentence, it is clear that "on Friday" is qualifying "saw" and is an adverbial phrase. But in the second sentence, "on the bed" is also qualifying "Holmes". But usually such phrases are regarded as prepositional phrase. So, how could be differentiate between the two.

Is it possible for a clause to be both (adverbial phrase and prepositional phrase) at the same time?
1 2
Comments  (Page 2) 

hello all

i cannot understand adverbial phrase can u plz guide.

for eg: Ali is eating food with his right hand

so it answers the question how so it is an adverbial phrase.

am i right plz tell me asap..

apple 14 bananaam i right plz tell me asap.

It seems that either you are not ready for adverbial phrases or you are a very careless typist. I will answer your question if you will first try to correct all your spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. I have underlined them:

hello all

i cannot understand adverbial phrase can u plz guide.

for eg: Ali is eating food with his right hand

so it answers the question how so it is an adverbial phrase.

am i right plz tell me asap..

Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Grammarian-botHow can we differentiate between an adverbial phrase and a prepositional phrase?1. I saw the movie on Friday.2. Holmes is on the bed.In 1st sentence, it is clear that "on Friday" is qualifying "saw" and is an adverbial phrase. But in the second sentence, "on the bed" is also qualifying "Holmes". But usually such phrases are regarded as prepositional phrase. So, how could be differentiate between the two.

Yes, because an adverbial phrase tells you how, when and where something happens. The 'where' is definitely prepositional. If we use the phrase: 'past midnight...' this also becomes a prepositional phrase. Adverbial phrases tell you where something is in relation to something else - time relationship is also included.

Madpawn
Grammarian-botHow can we differentiate between an adverbial phrase and a prepositional phrase?1. I saw the movie on Friday.2. Holmes is on the bed.In 1st sentence, it is clear that "on Friday" is qualifying "saw" and is an adverbial phrase. But in the second sentence, "on the bed" is also qualifying "Holmes". But usually such phrases are regarded as prepositional phrase. So, how could be differentiate between the two.

Yes, because an adverbial phrase tells you how, when and where something happens. The 'where' is definitely prepositional. If we use the phrase: 'past midnight...' this also becomes a prepositional phrase. Adverbial phrases tell you where something is in relation to something else - time relationship is also included.

You are 50% right!

[1] I saw the movie on Friday.
[2] Holmes is on the bed.

In [1] the PP is indeed an adjunct (your 'adverbial'), but in [2] the PP is a locative complement.

Please, "on the bed" doesn't modify the subject of the sentence, "Holmes" but the be verb "is".

If "on the bed" is actually modifying Holmes, then it's an adjectival phrase not prepositional or even adverbial.

Thanks!

Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies