Writing With Adverb Clauses:
- Building Sentences With Adverb Clauses
- Practice in Arranging and Punctuating Adverb Clauses
- Practice in Building and Combining Sentences with Adverb Clauses
- Sentence Combining #8: How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading
- Sentence Combining #10: Mrs. Bridge
The name "adverbial" suggests that adverbial clauses modify verbs; but they modify whole clauses, as shown by the examples [below]. Their other key property is that they are adjuncts, since they are typically optional constituents in sentences. They are traditionally classified according to their meaning, for example adverbial clauses of reason, time, concession, manner or condition, as illustrated below.
a. Reason(Jim Miller, An Introduction to English Syntax. Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2002)
Because Marianne loved Willoughby, she refused to believe that he had deserted her.
When Fanny returned, she found Tom Bertram very ill.
Although Mr D'Arcy disliked Mrs Bennet he married Elizabeth.
Henry changed his plans as the mood took him.
If Emma had left Hartfield, Mr Woodhouse would have been unhappy.
- "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
(newspaper editor to Senator Ransom Stoddart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 1962)
- "All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why."
(attributed to James Thurber)
- Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
(Helen Keller, "Optimism: An Essay," 1903)
- "The greatest thrill in the world is to end the game with a home run and watch everybody else walk off the field while you're running the bases on air."
(Al Rosen, third-baseman for the Cleveland Indians, 1947-1956)
- "Again at eight o’clock, when the dark lanes of the Forties were five deep with throbbing taxi cabs, bound for the theatre district, I felt a sinking in my heart. Forms leaned together in the taxis as they waited, and voices sang, and there was laughter from unheard jokes, and lighted cigarettes outlined unintelligible gestures inside."
(F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925)
- "The swift December dusk had come tumbling clownishly after its dull day, and, as he stared through the dull square of the window of the schoolroom, he felt his belly crave for its food."
(James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916)
- "Though we thumped, wept, and chanted "We want Ted" for minutes after he hid in the dugout, he did not come back."
(John Updike, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," 1960)
- "I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle."
- "I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
- "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross."
(Sinclair Lewis, 1935)
- "When I was coming up, I practiced all the time because I thought if I didn't I couldn't do my best."
- "And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be."
(John Lennon and Paul McCartney, "Let It Be")
- "If I ever opened a trampoline store, I don't think I'd call it Trampo-Land, because you might think it was a store for tramps, which is not the impression we are trying to convey with our store."
(Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts, 1992)
- "According to legend, when Lady Godiva pleaded with her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to cancel a burdensome tax he had levied against his subjects, he agreed to do so only if she rode naked through the city."
(Jim Hargan, "The City of Lady Godiva." British Heritage, January 2001)
- "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
(Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture, 2008)