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You’ve finally arrived at the place where you’ll find a very large collection of the adjectival phrase examples you’ve spent so much time searching for.

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I want you to understand one simple fact about the adjectival phrase examples I’m about to give you. Most of them can easily function as adverbial phrases as well. Yes. How?

Here is your answer. It all depends on the function that the phrase is performing in a sentence. This confusion between adjectival phrases and adverbial phrases arises especially when you’re looking at prepositional phrases.

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Consider these two sentences containing the same prepositional phrase.

  • The man from Tokyo is not a Japanese. ADJECTIVAL PHRASE.

You can see that “from Tokyo” is qualifying the noun, “man”.

  • He just arrived from Tokyo. ADVERBIAL PHRASE (OF PLACE)

In this other sentence, “from Tokyo” is modifying the verb, “arrived”

Well, you can find more examples of the difference between an adjectival phrase and an adverbial phrase in this post.

That’s enough for an introduction. Have your adjectival phrase examples below.

First Set of Adjectival Phrase Examples

in the zoo

beyond the river

in class four

to the left side of the street

inside my garden

with the boy

on the mountain

from the south

behind those trees

on your table

in front of that gate

in my lap

by the roadside

of integrity

beside his shoes

under the rock

of the valley

without character

to the gods

of the flies

of The Gambia

of Ghana

from Lagos

in Monrovia

from Freetown

Try using these adjectival phrase examples in sentences to prove that they can qualify nouns.

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Second Set of Adjectival Phrases

The next batch of adjectival phrase examples are not prepositional phrases.

Here they come.

rather sad

very unfortunate

completely false

quite new

too old

very bold

deep blue

golden brown

chocolate brown

sea blue

very nice

highly contagious

deeply flawed

particularly important

very true

abundantly clear

totally insane

terribly bad

deceptively twisted

deliberately planned

generally understood

very good

extremely ignorant

seemingly difficult

ridiculously untrue

absolutely necessary

very hot

rather stupid

Final word

I urge you to try forming sentences with these adjectival phrases. In some cases you will quickly realize that instead of qualifying a noun, the phrase is rather modifying a verb. That is when it becomes an adverbial phrase and not an adjectival phrase. Make sure you always spot the difference.

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