Adverb Clauses

Adverb Clauses :

Look at the words in italics in the following sentences.

1. At sunset they returned home. [Returned when?]
2. When the sun set, they returned home. [Returned when?]

In sentence 1, the group of words, AT SUNSET, is an Adverb Phrase, since it does the work of an Adverb.

In sentence 2, the group of words, WHEN THE SUN SET, is not a Phrase. It has a Subject (the sun) and a Predicate (set when) of its own, but forms part of a larger sentence. Such a group of words is called a Clause.

Since the Clause, when the sun set, does the work of an Adverb, it is called an Clause of Adverb.

An Clause of Adverb is a clause that works as an adverb in a sentence. Clause of Adverb is also called as Adverbial Clause. The adverb clauses are dependent clauses that act as adverbs in the sentences. Clauses of Adverb begin with subordinating conjunctions. Here is the list of words of subordinating conjunctions that can serve at the beginning of the sentences.

1. If
2. Though
3. Because
4. Since
5. After
6. Although
7. When
8. Wherever
9. So That

Sentences with Clauses of Adverb

1. If we apply to this job, we will get it certainly.

2. Though he refused to come to the cinema, we got a ticket for him.

3. Whenever he comes to Chennai, he will come to our office.

4. Although he is not a member of this organisation, he is interested in our progress. 5. After we went there, we got the job.

6. He became a councilor in this ward so that in the next election he could become the president.

7. They have got back their deposit because they are not satisfied with our reduced interest rate.

It will be seen further that the Adverb Phrase, at sunset, is equivalent in meaning to the Clause of Adverb, when the sun set, and can therefore be replaced by it.

1. Mary scrubbed the bathtub until her arms got ached.

2. Our dogs started chasing our car once they saw our car turn the corner of our street.

3. Even when I’m sick, I go to my office.

4. When you have finished working, you have to check for its and buts.

5. Whenever you like to come to my house, you can make a visit.

6. Wherever we prefer to enroll your daughter, you can do so.

7. Since I returned from vacation, I feel sick and feverish.

8. As she was not there for a long time, her parents got worried.


  1. A Sentence - 1
  2. A Sentence - 2
  3. A Sentence - 3
  4. The Structure of Sentences
  5. Kinds of Sentences
  6. A Clause and A Phrase
  7. The Noun Clause
  8. The Adjective Clause
  9. The Adverb Clause
  10. Adverb Clauses
  11. Adjective Clauses
  12. Noun Clauses
  13. Three Kinds of Clauses
  14. Sample Sentences with Clauses
  15. Simple Sentences ( Simple Sentence )
  16. Double Sentences
  17. Multiple Sentences
  18. Complex Sentences
  19. Attributive Adjuncts
  20. The Predicate
  21. Adverbial Adjuncts to Verb of Predicate
  22. Analysis of Sentences
  23. Contracted Sentences
  24. Analysis of Double Sentences
  25. Analysis of Multiple Sentences
  26. Rules for Analysing Double Sentences
  27. Rules for Analysing Multiple Sentences
  28. Analysis of Complex Sentences
  29. The Complex Sentences
  30. Analysis of Multiple Sentence
  31. The Transformation of Sentences
  32. Modes of Expressing A Condition in English Grammar
  33. Modes of Expressing A Concessional Clause
  34. Modes of Expressing A Contrasting Clause
  35. Interchange of Degrees of Comparison
  36. Synthesis of Sentences - 1
  37. Synthesis of Sentences - 2
  38. Synthesis of Sentences - 3
  39. The Principal Clause
  40. The Dependent Clause
  41. Verb in The Dependent Clause
  42. Direct Speech and Indirect Speech
  43. Kinds of Sentences
  44. Direct and Indirect Speech
  45. A Sentence without E
  46. Parsed Sentence

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