Adverb clause: definition, types, and examples.

In this lesson, we are going to see what an adverb clause is; its definition, types, and examples.

Adverb clause-Definition:

An adverb clause also known as “Relative clause” used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Unlike the adjective clause and noun clause, adverb clauses don’t modify a specific word within the sentence, but it shows a relationship of place, time, manner, purpose, condition, reason, contrast (concession) …

Adverb clauses answer a question of when, where, how, and why.

Examples of adverb clause in different positions within the sentence:

Because he loves English, he started to learn grammar

Unless you study hard, you will fail at the exam

Wherever found a library, you will find books teach grammar

Technology, because it has a lot of good features, improved our lives

Football, since it is the most popular game, has millions of followers

Fast Food, even though it is delicious, has bad effects on our health

We love sweets even though it is bad for our health

I love watching football because it is really entertaining

I would love to hang out with you since you are such a kind person

Reminder: a clause is a group of words that must contain a subject and a verb. A clause may be either:

An independent clause that provides a complete thought and it can stand by itself as a sentence or a dependent clause (subordinate clause) that can’t sand by itself or provide a complete thought and it occurs as part of the sentence.

You can learn more about dependent and independent sentences from here.

Adverb Clause Types:

As we saw at the beginning, an adverb clause shows a relationship within a sentence. This relationship can be a relationship of place, time, manner, cause, contrast …

Let’s see some different examples of each one to make things clear.

Place: you can stop to eat wherever you find a restaurant

Time: you can rest whenever you find time

Duration: he was studying while his parents were watching a movie


Degree: Paris, France capital, it is loved very much from millions

Manner: Usain Bolt, the sprinter, runs fast

Purpose: To help charities, people donate money

Cause: he succeeded because of his hard-working

Result: he studied hard this year so that he got high marks

Addition: he wastes a lot of time, as well as he plays video games

Exception: she had a nice trip, except that she was a little ill

Condition: I will give you a nice gift if you get high marks this year

Contrast/concession: even though he was sich, he got high marks in the exam

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