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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Adverb Clauses

 
 

Examples of different uses for adverb clauses:

 

 
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 future tense) with adverb clause to show 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.