Beware of Google: the case of adverb phrases | Bas Aarts

Beware of Google: the case of adverb phrases | Bas Aarts

Q: What is an adverb phrase?

A: A group of two or more words whose most important word (called the Head) is an adverb.

Here are some examples in context:
They repaired my bike [very quickly].
He worked [extremely hard] at the weekend.
She did [really well] in her tests.
Why are you leaving [so soon]?

The Heads of these adverb phrases are quickly, hard, well and soon.  They are modified by the adverbs very, extremely, really and so. (Remember that adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, as well as entire clauses/sentences.)

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