Re: Distinction between adjectival phrase and adverbial phrases
The responses to the original question from Raymott and TheParser are helpful. However, the question and the responses made me think of a question I have posed before - "Does labelling matter?"
Labels such as 'adjectival/adverbial/participial phrase' can be a useful shorthand when we are discussing how the language works. However, I have found that some coursebooks appear to require students to label structures for the sole purpose of labelling. If the real objective is to enable learners to use these labels in order to discuss how native speakers write and speak, then it can be useful. If it is simply an exercise in labelling language, then it is a waste of time.
What I have written there is simply an opinion.
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