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    Identifying Adverbial phrase and Adjectival phrase

    Hello guys.
    I am trying to identify adverbial and adjectival.

    1. ''I was in college with my best friends.''
    with my best friends = adverbial phrase?

    2. ''She has got what it takes to make a good doctor.''
    to make a good doctor = adverbial phrase?

    3. ''He is going to be in jail.''
    be in jail = adverbial phrase?

    4. ''Please come up with an idea to finish this drawing.''
    to finish this drawing = adjectival phrase?
    Could it be an adverbial phrase?

    5. ''A meeting will be held with our clients.''
    with our clients = adverbial phrase?

    6. ''We need only a piece of paper for each group.''
    a piece of paper = adjective phrase
    for each group = .adverbial phrase?

    7 ''He blamed me for not being more successful.''
    '' for not being more successful'' = adverbial phrase?

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    Re: Identifying Adverbial phrase and Adjectival phrase

    I agree with 1, 2, and 3.

    I would call 4 an adjectival phrase. It modiifies the noun "idea".

    With 5, I could go either way. It could be "a meeting with our clients" or ''held with our clients."

    In 6, "piece of paper" is neither. It is a noun phrase acting as the direct object of "need". I would call "for each group" adjectival.

    I would say adverbial for 7.

    These differentiations can be very tricky and often are not absolutely clear

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    Re: Identifying Adverbial phrase and Adjectival phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post




    6. ''We need only a piece of paper for each group.''

    for each group = .adverbial phrase?


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    Hello, Jason:

    I find that sometimes it is helpful to make up a similar sentence for analysis.

    Let's work with: "We need a computer for each student."

    In my opinion, the question would probably be: "What do we need for each student?" Answer: A computer.

    In my opinion, the passive would probably be: "What is needed for each student?" Answer: A computer.

    Therefore, I agree with you that "for each student" is an adverbial prepositional phrase that modifies the verb "need."

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    Compare: "The goal of our school is a computer for each student." I would feel comfortable calling "for each student" an adjectival prepositional phrase that modifies the noun "a computer." Question: What is the goal of our school? Answer: A computer for each student. (As you know, the verb "is" is a linking verb in those sentences. As some people might put it, it is something like the symbol =.)
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    Re: Identifying Adverbial phrase and Adjectival phrase

    Thanks guys. Thanks for replying me and the explanation.
    This is what I was looking for. Really appreciate it!

    I have another last question.
    "I need to ask my friend for help."

    Friend for help = Adjectival phrase, right?

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    Re: Identifying Adverbial phrase and Adjectival phrase

    No. "My friend" is a noun phrase acting as the indirect object of "to ask".

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    Re: Identifying Adverbial phrase and Adjectival phrase

    I think 'for help' is an adverbial prepositional phrase modifying 'ask'.
    I am not a teacher.

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