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    Thumbs down Adjectival or advirbial phrase

    1."The dog sat watching in front of the house all the nigh". here "watching" stands for what adjective or adverb?
    2."The baby often wandered around the housenaked" here "Naked" stands for what adjective or adverb?
    3."The child are playing football naked in the field" here "naked" stands for what?
    4."Do not eat meal standing" here "standing" stands for what adjective or adverb? i am confused please explain grammatically.Thank you.

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    Default Re: Adjectival or advirbial phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    1."The dog sat watching in front of the house all the nigh". here "watching" stands for what adjective or adverb?
    "watching..." is adverbial in my opinion. Others might disagree.
    2."The baby often wandered around the house naked" here "Naked" stands for what adjective or adverb?
    "naked" is an adjective. However, it has an adverbial function here. I think it is quite colloquial.
    3."The child are playing football naked in the field" here "naked" stands for what?
    This is the same as #2.
    4."Do not eat meal standing" here "standing" stands for what adjective or adverb?
    "standing" is a present participle, which has an adverbial function here.
    i am confused please explain grammatically.Thank you.
    Please see above.
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    (Edit) I've found this, Babai.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...l-phrases.html
    It's in "Similar Threads" below.
    And...I agree with what 5jj says in post #6.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 14-Jul-2012 at 17:13.

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    Default Re: Adjectival or advirbial phrase

    I will copy 5jj's comments here, because I completely agree with them as well:
    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.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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