Adverbial Phrases

“Having little or no money in my purse” is an adverbial phrase.

Adverbial phrases tell you how, when, where or why (like adverbs). If you use an adverbial phrase in the spoken IELTS test your score will be higher.

Adverbial Phrases in a Story

in the fields
towards the woman
at the woman
in the direction of the woman

Look at these adverbial phrases in a story: The Woman

Some More Adverbial Phrases

These mean roughly the same thing:

not having much money
not having much money in my wallet
having little or no money in my wallet
not being very well-off
not being a rich man

A Very Long Adverbial Phrase

This one is from the novel, Moby Dick by Herman Melville

having little or no money in my purse and nothing in particular to interest me on shore

Link to The Grammar Page

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3 Responses to “Adverbial Phrases”

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  1. Cynthik says:

    Would you please be so kind to explain the meaning and use of this adverbial
    phrase:not being very well-of
    Thanks a lot! hug!

  2. nahazatul says:

    Is the word having stand for gerund? but it looks like participle.i’m confuse!!!!

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