Adverbial phrase of manner

This lesson helps us understand what an adverbial phrase of manner is, where it is used, and how to use it.

What is an adverbial phrase of manner?

A phrase that modifies an action verb and indicates how the action is performed is called an adverbial phrase of manner. It is often a regular adverb phrase or a prepositional phrase that modifies a verb in terms of how it is performed.

adverbial phrase of manner

Adverbial phrase of manner examples:

My friend Aaron talks very fast.

In this example, the phrase ‘very fast’ works as an adverb. It modifies the verb ‘talks‘ and indicates the manner in which it is done by its doer ‘Aaron‘.

You spoke quite confidently at the meeting.

Quite confidently’ is an adverbial phrase of manner. It tells us how the speaker spoke at the meeting.

After the program, we all slept like a baby.

In this example, the prepositional phrase ‘like a baby‘ modifies the verb ‘slept‘ and indicates how the action was done.

Whenever I call Aarushi, she greets me in a sweet voice.

Here, the prepositional phrase functions as an adverb. It modifies the verb ‘greets’ and tells us how the subject ‘Aarushi’ greets the writer. She does it in a sweet voice.

In the first two examples, the phrases working as adverbial phrases of manner are regular adverb phrases, meaning they are headed by a regular adverb: ‘fast‘ and ‘confidently‘. In the last two examples, it’s the prepositional phrases that are functioning as an adverb of manner.

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More examples of an adverbial phrase of manner:

  • Your sister handled the whole situation quite amazingly.
  • God, you hit pretty hard.
  • Almost everyone left the stadium because our team batted so slowly.
  • All of us went into the battle without any fear.
  • I managed to find a good house in the city without anybody’s help.
  • I want to work like my father.

How to find an adverbial phrase of manner in a sentence?

An adverbial of manner or adverbial phrase of manner can be identified in a sentence simply by asking ‘how’ or ‘in what way/manner’ to the verb.

If a sentence has an adverbial of manner, asking the question to the verb will definitely help find it. To put a stamp on it, let’s try this technique.

The teacher explained the concept very nicely to all of us.

Let’s put the technique to the test. The verb in the sentence is ‘explained’. Let’s ask the question that will give us the adverbial of manner, if there is any in the sentence.

“How or in what manner did the teacher explain the concept?”

Very nicely’ is the only phrase/part in the sentence that answers the question and tells us how/in what manner the action was performed by the teacher.

Practice set!

Identify the sentences having an adverbial phrase of manner in them.

  1. You look pretty happy.
  2. I don’t like to go out in the rain.
  3. She replied in a hurry.
  4. The boys finished the food very quickly.
  5. It was pretty amazing to see you perform live.
  6. We were all there in his room when he had a heart attack.
  7. I do my work with a lot of passion and love.
  8. She punched me in the face pretty hard.
  9. She was pretty hard to convince.
  10. You are hitting me like a girl.


What is the adverbial phrase of manner?

An adverbial phrase of manner is a phrase that gives information about a verb and indicates how it is done. Both a regular adverb phrase and a prepositional phrase can function as an adverbial of manner.

What is an example of an adverbial phrase of manner?

Here are some examples of adverbial phrases of manner:
1. I can rap very fast.
2. Your sister Sophie talks to everyone very politely.
3. Act like a child. Live like a monk.

Can an infinitive phrase function as an adverbial of manner?

An infinitive or infinitive phrase can’t function as an adverbial of manner. It’s regular adverb phrases and prepositional phrases that work as an adverbial of manner.

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