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Hi everybody,

Please check the following sentence,

1)Though adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, adverbial clauses modify only verbs.

Am I right?

2) Can adverbial clause modify linking verbs? For example, He is happy because he won the competition.

Thank you
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Hi,

Please check the following sentence,

1)Though adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, adverbial clauses modify only verbs.

Am I right?

2) Can an adverbial clause modify linking verbs? For example, he is happy because he won the competition.

Yes, these sentences are fine.

Clive
goat1)Though adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, adverbial clauses modify only verbs. Am I right?
2) Can adverbial clause modify linking verbs? For example, He is happy because he won the competition.There seem to be two schools of thought floating around as to exactly what makes an adverbial clause adverbial, and whether a non-finite adverbial clause is really a clause.
Edit. Both clauses in your #2 example are finite.
I mention non-finite clauses because the subject relates to your definition in #1.

The opinion you have stated in #1 is probably the majority opinion.

Re #2, I'd say the second clause modifies the entire first clause. Many people, including yours truly, hold that this is an adverbial function.

We're really arguing about definitions.
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Hi,
Let me add this.
When I said

Yes, these sentences are fine.
I just meant that the sentences were worded with no grammatical errors.
I wasn't offering an opinion as to their truth.

Clive Emotion: smile
Hi,

Can an adverbial clause modify linking verbs?

Can adverbial clauses modify linking verbs?

Are both interchangeable?

Thank you
goatCan an adverbial clause modify linking verbs?
Can adverbial clauses modify linking verbs?

Are both interchangeable?Yes. Both mean the same thing.

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Thanks for your time and help, Clive, Avangi

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This time it's clear that you're asking about the grammar of the sentence examples.

With your original post, I wasn't sure.

You said, "Please check the following sentence," and then asked, "Am I right?"

There were several ways to interpret the post. Sorry if I misunderstood.

- A.