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    Adverb or adjective



    Japanese traditionally wear slippers inside their homes.

    It seems to me that the prepositional phrase inside their homes acts as an
    adjective phrase because it comes after slippers but it also answers the questions where? (inside their homes). Now I am confused, is it an adverb phrase or an adjective phrase?

    Please clarify.

    Thanks


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    Re: Adverb or adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Samsal View Post


    Japanese traditionally wear slippers inside their homes.

    It seems to me that the prepositional phrase inside their homes acts as an adjective phrase because it comes after slippers
    There's no rule in grammar that says this.

    but it also answers the questions where? (inside their homes). Now I am confused, is it an adverb phrase or an adjective phrase?

    Please clarify.

    Thanks
    It's adverbial. It describes where they wear them - hence it modifies the verb "wear".
    If it read "Japanese traditionally wear slippers made of wood" then that is adjectival, since it obviously describes the slippers.The function of a phrase does not necessarily depend on where it comes in a sentence.

    Whether a word, phrase or clause is adverbial or adjectival depends on its function not its placement in the sentence.

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