The adverbial clause contains a subject and a verb. It adds extra information about the time, place, manner, etc to a sentence, and modifies the verb. As a dependent clause, it cannot stand on its own and must connect to the main clause or an independent clause to form a complete sentence. The adverbial clause may come before or after the main clause. When it comes before the main clause, a comma is used to separate the two clauses. When it comes after the main clause, no comma is necessary. The adverbial clause usually begins with a conjunction.
- He shook my hand before he died.
- He ate the whole, big pizza although he said he was not hungry.
- The wife now sleeps in another room because the husband snores loudly.
- Bill and I once fought bravely against each other when we were classmates.
- Look left and right before you cross the road.
- When she heard the news, she wept tears of joy.
- Why do you follow me wherever I go?
- That is the farm where I saw a lot of scorpions.
- As I have said a hundred times, put the cap back on the pen when finished using.
- He treats his dog like his own brother.
- I hold my pet cat up so that everyone can see it.
- He added salt in order to make the soup taste good, but the soup became too salty.
- As we are both tired, we agreed to stop playing.
- She got stung because she went too close to the wasp’s nest.
- If he were not such a heavy smoker, he would be alive today.
- I’m going to take away your television unless you pay me back the money.
- The wife is fat and short, while the husband is skinny and tall.
- Why good people die young, whereas bad ones live longer?
- I shall not go to the library with you unless you learn to keep quiet.
Unless you learn to keep quiet, I shall not go to the library with you.
- The little girl shot her father’s face with a water pistol while he was asleep.
While her father was asleep, the little girl shot his face with a water pistol.