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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Adverb Clauses

 
 

Examples of different uses for adverb clauses:

Example

Explanation

As soon as you get home, please start cooking dinner.

Adverb clause to show time

  • First action: go home
  • Second action: start cooking dinner

The student will go to the beach when he finishes the test.

 

Use present tense (not the future tense) with adverb clauses showing time order in the future.

It was such a beautiful day that the students went to the beach.

Adverb clause to show cause and effect

  • Action: the students went to the beach
  • Cause (reason): it was a beautiful day

Tom is tall, whereas Pat is short.

Adverb clause to show contrast

  • Fact: Tom is tall
  • Opposite fact: Pat is short

If the weather is good, the students will go to the beach.

Adverb clause to show condition

  • Action: go to the beach
  • Condition: if the weather is good
  • Meaning: the weather will be good + the students will go OR the weather will be bad + the students will not go

The student will go to the beach when he finishes the test.

When he finishes the test, the student will go to the beach.

There is no comma when the independent clause comes before the adverb clause.

There is a comma when the adverb clause comes first.