It is a mainstay of teaching grammar that pieces of language have little songs or jingles to help remember them. Or well, some pieces of speech. A quick googling of “songs about nouns” yields just under 3 million results. Adjectives? 4,100,000. Verbs? 4,450,000 results. But what about the lesser known grammar forms? Adverbs and prepositions come in at just under a million results and some are songs.
Yet there is no love for the stately adverbial phrase. This useful little grammar form acts much like Voltron or Captain Planet. An adverbial phrase is group of related words which combine their powers to become an adverb. Well no longer shall this form be without a song.
The Adverbial Clause Song
by Arynn McKenzie
(To the tune of “Why does the sun shine”)
An adverbial phrase
it has many ways
to put more knowledge in a sentence
telling us when where why and how
things in our sentence are happening
A noun phrase is one
to say when it was done
Was it yesterday, right now, or tomorrow
Was it last week or the future or possibly
It happened many years ago
Prepositionals are two
for when where and how to do
all the things that happen in our sentence
When you stay out until four then sit in the cornor
you are using prepositions like a pro
Adverbs are three
they often end “ly”
Like quickly, quietly, softly or Swee-tly
Always, often, never
Worse better, best
they say how things were happening.
The adverb clause
is our last grammar law
and it answers our why questions
with a subject and verb
it explains what we just heard
because that’s what adverb clauses do.