In a complex sentence that has (1) an independent clause with a linking verb (be, become, feel etc), and (2) a dependent adverb clause, what does the adverb modify? For instance:-
(1) He is great because he had a fine education.
(2) He became CEO after he had worked in the company for 10 years.
To me they are sentence adverbs-- they modify the main clause as a whole.
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You may be right. If so, what does that make the independent clause the equivalent of -- a verb, an adverb or an adjective (i.e., those parts of speech which an adverb modifies)?
From the dictionary, Voxxi:
|(noun): the word class that qualifies verbs or clauses (noun): a word that modifies something other than a noun|