some websites say that an adverbial phrase is made with an adverb as its head. However, others say this is an adverb phrase, although it has no adverb:

'Kevin hit the nail with a hammer'.

with a hammer is an adverbial phrase, but there is no adverb as its head.

Can you clear this up for me please...


Saying this, I would assume this is an adverbial phrase even though it is not made from a preposition...

'You should be able to agree with other parties' decisions in order to be a good manager when in a business meeting'.

When in a business meetng=to me, seems like an adverbial phrase, but some websites say that a adverb phrase has to be formed by either a preposition or a to infinitve... Your answer, please...


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Eddie88You should be able to agree with other parties' decisions in order to be a good manager when in a business meeting'.
in order to be a good manager when in a business meeting.
This is the adverbial phrase of the whole sentence with the infinitive of purpose and when in a business meeting is the adverbial phrase of in order to be a good manager with subordinating word.

To me, the sentence can do without the conjunction "when" if we rearrange the wording which I think it is structurally more intelligable.

"In order to be a good manager, you should be able to agree with other parties in a business meeting".

A business meeting is about coming to a mutually benefitial business decision; not individual decision

arrived by each party.

BTW, this is my understanding toward "adverbials" which may or may not be acceptable to traditional grammarians. Adverbial phrase doesn't need the presence of an adverb to perform its adverbial function which is to modify or add additional information to the main sentence body.

A prepostion phrase and participle phrase can also have the adverbial property.
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actually the above statement is giving the answer of where question..(when in a business meeting)
so it apparently becomes clear that it is adjunct adverbial...

and let me tell you one thing adverbial is a group of words that do the work of an adverb..but need not to be an adverb in morphological sense..that is ''+ly'' form of adjective...

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to put it simple, adverbs which specifies temporal or spatial dimensions (time or place) are adverbs but when the same dimension also appears with a preposition and its complement (preposition + noun) are adverbials . To make it deep, both kinds are adverbial phrases and no sheer adverbs .For example , tomorrow means 'in the coming day' etc which proves it adverbial phrase by nature.
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