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    #1

    Grammar

    He is quick in action.
    Are you sure about the arrival time?
    I'll give you until tomorrow.

    Does the black words act as adveb in both sentences?Please.


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    Re: Grammar

    'does' - singular
    'do' plural

    Do the words in bold type....?

    They are prepositional phrases, which are typically two to four words long and look like this:
    in the twentieth century
    for a number of reasons
    to him
    between the world wars
    across the world
    Prepositional phrases begin with a preposition and end with a noun or pronoun called the object of the preposition. Between the preposition and its object, there may also be adjectives and adverbs. Prepositional phrases also act as other parts of speech. For example, in the sentence,
    He ran through the wooden door
    the prepositional phrase, 'through the wooden door', acts as an adverb, i.e. giving more information about the verb “ran” telling us where he ran. Prepositional phrases frequently refer to time and location:
    after the first act of the play
    during the rainstorm
    by the stairs
    under the bridge
    past the sign
    past noon

    In your sentences, none of the prepositional phrases qualify the verb, so are not acting as adverbs.

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    #3

    Re: Grammar

    Then, what do they act in the each sentence? Please.


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    Re: Grammar

    They are acting as prepositional phrases, adding information in a sentence.

    Are you sure?
    Anybody overhearing these words in a conversation would have no idea what was being referred to. Add the prepositional phrase:
    Are you sure about the arrival time?
    ...and it has more meaning.

    It is just that, in some sentences, these phrases modify the verb, and so function much the same as a single word adverb would.
    He walked quickly - 'quickly' is an adverb, telling us about 'walk'
    He walked with a limp - 'with a limp' also tells us about the verb 'walk' and so acts just like an adverb.

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