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# Are adverbial modifiers tested on the GMAT?

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Are adverbial modifiers tested on the GMAT? If so, can anybody please tell us what the different types are and what the rules are?

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(And I don't know why this is showing as a question, there is no other option)
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bschoolaspirant9 wrote:
Are adverbial modifiers tested on the GMAT? If so, can anybody please tell us what the different types are and what the rules are?

Thanks.

(And I don't know why this is showing as a question, there is no other option)

GMAT never tests anything particularly w.r.t grammatical rules. They need the sentence meaning to be right (which is a consequence of a proper rule). Still, let's see what an adverbial is and how it can be tested on GMAT. I will give you a very basic idea (which I suppose is sufficient)

Before learning adverbial, you need to know what a prepositional phrase is (I will tell the connection, later)

Like every phrase (noun / verb / or whatever), a prepositional phrase functions like a preposition and normally starts with a preposition.

Ex: in the bathroom
in the dustbin
on the table ... are prepositional phrases.

There are two basic types of prepositional phrases, viz., adjective phrases and adverbial phrases.

ex: The book on the table belonged to her.

ex: I couldn't sleep well throughout the night

I will list two instances where I came across an adverbial phrase.

1. During usage of which. - Our basic understanding is that 'which' always modifies the noun or the noun phrase immediately preceding it.
Consider the example - I will buy the car on Monday, which can go faster than mine (example picked from e-gmat's post on gmatclub)

Obviously which is not modifying 'Monday' and the highlighted portion is an adverbial (answers when)
So, which is modifying car, and this is a correct construction.

So what did we learn? That Which neednot necessarily be preceded by a noun/noun phrase.

I believe that you neednot know anything beyond this knowledge for gmat.
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What are modifiers ??

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25 Dec 2013, 02:21
See these articles -

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-gramm ... d-clauses/

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/modifiers- ... orrection/

I believe, the first link is in line with what you are asking. Hope it helps !!
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