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"Traditional grammarians define adverbs as words that modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. However, ... we will show that adverbials, which may be words, phrases, or clauses, are just as likely to modify entire sentences or clauses as they are to function according to the traditional definition of adverbs." From: The Grammar Book (2nd Edition) by Celce-Murcia & Larsen-Freeman (1999) p.491
My question is this: Are the authors for or against the traditional definition of adverbs?
I hope you can help me understand this.
Many thanks. GilbertThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Gilbert,
Thank you for the explanation. I'm so sorry for asking that. It's just that when I read it, it sounded as if they were against traditional grammarians. I got the feeling that they considered the definition to be out-of-date.