Adverbs vs Adverbials

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Adverbs vs Adverbials

Post by Norway » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:50 pm

How are adverbs and adverbials different?

I don't understand how an adverb and an adverbial can be different when the adverb can function as an adverbial!

I get that the adverb can be a word and that it is a word class like i.e. adjectives.
I also get that they modify adjectives and adverbs in phrases both pre and post are possible.
BUT an adverb functioning as an adverbial?

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Re: Adverbs vs Adverbials

Post by Alan » Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:52 am

Strictly speaking, an adverb is an adverbial, but in practice the latter term is generally used to denote phrases, but not single words, serving an adverbial function.