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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Adverb Phrases

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

 
 
1. Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?
  While Jack was walking down the street, a dog barked at him.
  While Jack was walking down the street, he heard a dog barking at him.
     
2. Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?
  Because it was raining, Mary decided not to go to the beach.
  Because Mary knew it was raining, she decided not to go to the beach.
     
3. Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?
  After the teacher gave us our test papers, she told us the rules of the test.
  After the teacher gave us our test papers, we listened to her tell us the rules of the test.
     
4. Which sentence has an adverb clause that can be reduced to an adverb phrase?
  While I was visiting England, the English soccer team won the world championship.
  While I was visiting England, I watched the English soccer team win the world championship.
     
5. Which sentence is correct?
  Being late for work, it was irritating when the car would not start.
  Being late for work, Janice got angry when her car would not start.
     
6. Which sentence is correct?
  After watching the concert, we wanted to go to a restaurant.
  After watching the concert, the restaurant was closed.
     
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 combed her son's hair.
  While talking on the phone, Mary combed her son's hair.
  Mary talking on the phone, she combed her son's hair.
  Talking on the phone, combing her son's hair.
     
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 my book.
  While waiting for the bus, reading my book.
  I read my book while waiting for the bus.
  Waiting for the bus, reading my book.