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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Adverb Phrases

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of adverb phrases.

Example

Which sentence has an adverb phrase?
When Phyllis turned thirty, she decided to get married.
Having turned thirty, Phyllis decided to get married.

The correct answer is "Having turned thirty, Phyllis decided to get married."


1.

Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?

 

While Juan was swimming in the lake, a fish swam past him.

 

While Juan was swimming in the lake, he saw a fish swim past him.

     
2.

Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?

 

Because it was raining, Maria decided not to go camping.

 

Because Maria knew it was raining, she decided not to go camping.

     
3.

Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?

 

After the professor gave us our test papers, she told us the results.

 

After the professor gave us our test papers, we listened to her tell us the results of the test.

     
4.

Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?

 

While I was visiting Canada, the Canadian hockey team won the world championship.

 

While I was visiting Canada, I watched the Canadian team win the world championship.

     
5.

Which sentence is correct?

 

Being late for work, it was irritating when the bus got stuck in traffic.

 

Being late for work, Janice got angry when the bus got stuck in traffic.

     
6.

Which sentence is correct?

 

After listening to the CD, we wanted to go to a concert.

 

After listening to the CD, the tickets to the concert were sold out.

     
7.

Which sentence is correct?

 

Waking up early in the morning, the house is usually cold.

 

Waking up early in the morning, I notice that the house is usually cold.

     
8.

Here is a sentence with an adverb clause. Which answer correctly reduces the adverb clause to an adverb phrase?
While Mary was talking on the phone, she cooked dinner for her family.

 

While talking on the phone, Mary cooked dinner for the family.

 

Mary talking on the phone, she cooked dinner for her family.

 

Talking on the phone, cooking dinner for her family.

     
9.

Here is a sentence with an adverb clause. Which answer correctly reduces the adverb clause to an adverb phrase?
Mary is a mother, so she is very busy.

 

Being very busy, Mary is a mother.

 

Being a mother, Mary is very busy.

 

Mary is a mother, so very busy.

     
10.

Here is a sentence with an adverb clause. Which answer correctly reduces the adverb clause to an adverb phrase?
While I was waiting for the bus, I read the newspaper.

 

While waiting for the bus, reading the newspaper.

 

I read the newspaper while waiting for the bus.

 

Waiting for the bus, reading the newspaper.