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    Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    Given the sentence, "The unholy army moved westward where the Atlas Mountains broke over the vast arboreal forest."

    Is, "where the Atlas Mountains broke over the vast arboreal forest", the dependent adverbial clause?

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone dog View Post
    Given the sentence, "The unholy army moved westward where the Atlas Mountains broke over the vast arboreal forest."

    Is, "where the Atlas Mountains broke over the vast arboreal forest", the dependent adverbial clause?
    It's a horrible sentence.

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    Yes but is it a dependent adverbial clause?

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    There is little point in deciding how to label a clause that would be rejected by any teacher, editor or publisher.

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    I was looking at it from an educational perspective and hoped I understood what kind of clause it was. Could you please provide another example sentence of your own containing a dependent adverbial clause that answers the 'where' of the main verb? I'd like to see a concrete example, it just how I learn.

    Please note in the beginning I meant to say dependent adverbial clause not dependent adverbial phrase.

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone dog View Post
    I was looking at it from an educational perspective and hoped I understood what kind of clause it was. Could you please provide another example sentence of your own containing a dependent adverbial clause that answers the 'where' of the main verb? I'd like to see a concrete example, it just how I learn.

    Please note in the beginning I meant to say dependent adverbial clause not dependent adverbial phrase.
    Yes, it is a dependent adverbial clause. As far as I know all adverbial clauses are dependent.

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    Now we've stated it's a horrible sentence but why is it a horrible sentence? What measures do we use to quantify the horrid component? This is another ideal teaching moment, one of the highest of all moments.

    For example, if I come over to your house and you tell me you're six feet tall and I say you're five foot ten. We wouldn't argue about it but would simply take out a tape measure and solve the problem. But once we had resolved this disagreement you then said you were two hundred pounds while I claimed you were two hundred twenty pounds. I should think we wouldn't argue further but settle the issue by having you step on the bathroom scale.

    So now I would like to be taught about what measure we use to determine how a sentence can be horrible or beautiful using the original sentence.

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    Re: Is this a dependent adverbial phrase?

    Well, mountains don't break over things; waves/seas do. We do not speak of arboreal forests.

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