Identify an adverb phrase and Replace adverbs by an adverb phrase of the same meaning

Rani was getting late for school.

She ran to the bus-stop hurriedly but forgot her tiffin box at home.

So, as soon as she reached the school, she moved to the canteen to grab a muffin quickly.

Let us take a closer look at all these lines.

The highlighted words in the passage are describing how did Rani perform her actions: quickly, hurriedly.

These highlighted words are called adverbs.

In English Grammar, we can use adverb phrases also instead of these adverbs.

But what are adverb phrases? We will learn about them now.

Before that let’s quickly see what an adverb is.

Adverbs describe more about verbs. They tell us how, when, where the action ‘verb’ takes place.

Let’s take an example.

Rita ate the mango quickly.

Here, the adverb ‘quickly’ describes how the action of ‘eating’ happened.

Now, let’s understand adverb phrases.

A phrase doesn’t have a subject or a predicate of its own. It depends on other words in the sentence to form complete meaning.

Now, a phrase that describes more about the action of the sentence is called adverb phrase.

It does the work of an adverb in a sentence.

Let us see one more example.

Seema won the first prize in the dance competition in school.

Here the adverb phrase is, ‘in the dance competition in school’. It has no subject or predicate of its own.

It is describing the verb ‘won’. If you ask ‘Where she won?’. Answer is ‘in the dance competition in school’. So, it is an adverb phrase.

Now, adverb phrases can replace an adverb to describe the verb.

Let us see how this happens with a help of an example.

In this sentence, verb is ‘park’. And the adverb is ‘here’, describing where the action has taken place.

Now, we use the adverb phrase ‘right here’ to describe the verb ‘park’ instead of just an adverb ‘here’.

Similarly, here the adverb is ‘warmly’, which is describing the verb ‘congratulated’.

Now, we will change the adverb to an adverb phrase.

‘by shaking his hands’ is an adverb phrase describing ‘how’ was the action performed.

Let’s do a quick revision now.

Adverbs describe more about verbs. They tell us how, when, where the action ‘verb’ takes place.

Now, a phrase that describes more about the action of the sentence is called adverb phrase.

The End!