Adverbial



of, relating to, or used as an .
a word or functioning as an .
Historical Examples

Its function is the same as that of an adverb (promptly) or an adverbial phrase (on the stroke of the bell).
An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises George Lyman Kittredge

The adverbial adjective “needlessly” explains the broad distinction.
Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford

A prepositional phrase may be either adjective or adverbial.
An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises George Lyman Kittredge

It has, perhaps, its origin in the adverbial character of that gender.
A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham

According to their use as parts of speech, subordinate clauses are adjective, adverbial, or noun clauses.
An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises George Lyman Kittredge

When it is used in this manner, it loses its adverbial force.
Plain English Marian Wharton

Upon this knowledge alone can a rational idea of the adverbial objective be built.
Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education Ontario Ministry of Education

Other examples are rare, and I have not found any instance of an adverbial use.
Narcissus Unknown

A simile—in grammatical terms, an adverbial phrase—sometimes constitutes the second element.
Fragments Of Ancient Poetry James MacPherson

The simple predicate may be modified by an adverbial objective ( 109).
An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises George Lyman Kittredge

noun
a word or group of words playing the grammatical role of an adverb, such as in the rain in the sentence I’m singing in the rain
adjective
of or relating to an adverb or adverbial
adj.

1610s, “pertaining to adverbs;” earlier it meant “fond of using adverbs” (1590s), from Late Latin adverbialis, from adverbium (see adverb). Related: Adverbially (mid-15c.).

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