Adverb Clauses (English)

Course Information

This is an open course in adverb clauses of English grammar. It starts with a lesson on the basics of adverbs and then moves to a lesson on the basics of clauses. Then we put those things together and learn about adverb clauses. Finally, we learn how to reduce an adverb clause to make an adverb phrase. If you already understand adverbs and clauses, you can skip those topics, but they also may be useful to review before starting the more difficult material.  

Each lesson has a short video lecture from a teacher and several practice exercises.

International Programs Dept. | University Extension Sch. | University of California, Irvine
Keywords: adverbs,adverb clauses,English grammar,clauses,English practice
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Course Contents

Topic 1: Adverbs

First, recall what you already know about grammar.  You should already know that nouns are people, places, things, and ideas. Verbs are either states of being or actions.  Adjectives describe nouns and pronouns.

Do you know what adverbs are?  If you don't, or if you forgot, watch this short video that explains what adverbs are

Introduction to Adverbs (English)

Topic 2: Clauses

Now that you know what adverbs are, there is one more thing you need to be clear about before you can learn about adverb clauses. You need to understand what clauses are in sentences. The video below will explain what clauses are and what the the different types are.

"Clauses" Video (English)
Clauses Practice (English)
Clauses Practice Answer Key (English)

Topic 3: Adverb Clauses

As you just learned in the previous topic, sentences in English are made of clauses. Every complete sentence must have a main clause. We make our sentences more interesting by adding dependent clauses. Here you will learn about one type of dependent clause called an adverb clause. Watch the video below.

"Adverb Clauses" Video (English)

Topic 4: Reduced Adverb Clauses

Now that you have learned about adverbs and adverb clauses, you can learn about reduced adverb clauses. Reduced adverb clauses allow us yet another way of writing interesting sentences. Watch the video below.

"Reduced Adverb Clauses" Video (English)
Practice Reducing Adverb Clauses (English)
Practice Reducing Adverb Clauses Answer Key (English)