As we know that a group of words put together form an adjective phrase which can be used in the place of an adjective. Similarly, a group of words put together form an Adverb Phrase which can be used in place of an adverb.
Have a look at the following examples.
He walks carefully. (Here the adverb carefully says something about the manner in which walks.) He walks in a careful manner. (Here the adverb phrase ‘in a careful manner’ also says how he walks.)
So we can say that an adverb phrase modifies a verb exactly like an adverb does.
Consider the following examples
- The company was formerly known as “ABCD Company” ( The company was known as “ABCD Company” in former times.)
- It is not possible now. (It is not possible at the moment.)
In the both the above mentioned statements, the adverb phrases modify the verbs just like the adverb does.
Here are some commonly used adverbs and their equivalent adverb phrases:
Boldly(adverb) – in a bold manner
Bravely (adverb) – in a brave manner (adverb phrase)
Genuinely – in a genuine/truth way
Beautifully – in a beautiful manner / way / style
Deeply – far down in/ intensely
Formerly – in former times / once upon a time
Terribly – very unpleasantly
Recently – just now or at a recent date Soon – before very long
Here – on this spot
Everywhere – in all places Now – at the moment