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    Is this Adverb?

    He looks at the picture.

    Here what is 'at the picture'/'picture'? Is it Adverb, since it asnwers the question 'where'.

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    Re: Is this Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by rambharosey View Post
    He looks at the picture.

    Here what is 'at the picture'/'picture'? Is it Adverb, since it asnwers the question 'where'.

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    Hello, Rambharosey:

    (1) I believe that you are correct.

    (2) "at the picture" is being used as an adverb.

    (3) But books call "at the picture" a prepositional phrase because

    it has a preposition ("at") and it has one or more other words ("the

    picture").

    (4) And, as you suggested, "at the picture" is used to modify the

    verb "looks." Thus, we can say that the prepositional phrase

    "at the picture" is being used as an adverbial modifier of the verb.

    (5) If I say, "He looks carefully," then it is correct

    to say that "carefully" is a true adverb. I think that your teacher

    would be happier if you referred to "at the picture" as a prepositional

    phrase. I think that your teacher would also accept "adverbial

    phrase." But it might be better NOT to call "at the picture" an

    "adverb." Many books suggest that we use the word "adverb" for

    single words (such as "carefully"). Oh, by the way, if I say, "He looks

    with great care," then we are back to a prepositional/adverbial

    phrase, not a true "adverb."



    Sincerely yours,


    James

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    Re: Is this Adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by rambharosey View Post
    He looks at the picture.

    Here what is 'at the picture'/'picture'? Is it Adverb, since it asnwers the question 'where'.
    Despite superficial structural similarity to a prepositional adverbial such as 'at the hotel' in

    [1] He is waiting at the hotel.

    most grammarians, nowadays at least, would probably not reckon 'at the picture' in your sentence an adverbial, essentially on the grounds that, whereas the (true) adverbial of [1] specifies where he is waiting (a quintessentially adverbial concept), 'at the picture' clearly does not really specify where he is looking so much as what he is looking at.

    For this reason 'look at' would be labelled by most contemporary grammarians a phrasal verb, and 'the picture' simply as its object.

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