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    Post A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    Dears teachers,

    In the sentence "The man lives in a nice castle." is the underlined phrase a prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    An adverbial prepositional phrase modifying the verb 'lives'.

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Just a gentle reminder, Mamen, that the English language does NOT require an adjective to match a plural noun.

    Therefore, "Dear Teacher" or "Dear Teachers."

    "The tall building" or "The tall buildings."

    Etc.

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    'The man lives a happy life in a nice castle.'
    Does the prepositional phrase function as an adverb modifying 'lives' or as an adjective modifying 'life'?

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    Teachers,
    Is it true that a prepositional phrase can function as an adjective or an adverb?
    Would this mean that the underlined phrase in the sentence "The man lives in a nice castle." is an adverb?
    I thought, the more proper term for the underlined phrase is "adverbial phrase."

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    Matthew, a case could be made for either. Because of the positioning, I would choose "adjective" modifying life".

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Teachers,
    Is it true that a prepositional phrase can function as an adjective or an adverb?
    Would this mean that the underlined phrase in the sentence "The man lives in a nice castle." is an adverb?
    I thought, the more proper term for the underlined phrase is "adverbial phrase."
    You are talking about different levels of definition. The phrase is an adverbial phrase. But the function of a word or group of words in a sentence is defined as a part of speech. "Adverb" is a part of speech; adverbial phrase is not.

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You are talking about different levels of definition. The phrase is an adverbial phrase. But the function of a word or group of words in a sentence is defined as a part of speech. "Adverb" is a part of speech; adverbial phrase is not.
    Would this mean that the underlined phrase is an ADVERB and at the same time an ADVERBIAL PHRASE?

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    Re: A prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase?

    Yes. It is also a prepositional phrase. There are all kinds of definitions in language.

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