ADVERBIAL PHRASES IN COMMON USE :
- Again and again : (More than once) : Good books should be read again and again.
- Above all : (before every other consideration) : Above all, one should be fair in his dealings.
- Above board : (without any secret) : All the dealings of the company are open and above board.
- At Once: ( Without delay) ; He started for his home at once.
(At the same time) : The students left the class at once. (collectively at the same time) He is at once a poet and a great writer.
- Immediately : (one action follows another without delay) : He immediately rushed to his house as he heard the news.
- As soon as: ( Prompt simultaneous action) : As soon as the thief saw a policeman he ran away from the scene.
- At present : (for the present being) : At present I am short of money. I shall repay your loan next month
- Presently : (shortly): He will return presently.
- By and by : ( after a time) : By and by, the anger of public will subside.
- By the by : ( In Passing) : By the by it is said that the general elections will be held soon.
- Before long : ( In a short time) : I shall start a sugar factory before long.
- Far and near : ( In all directions) : His fame has spread far and near.
- Far and wide : (In many distant places) : He has travelled far and wide.
- Far and away : (decidedly) : This is far and away the best course.
- First and foremost : (first of all) : First and foremost duty of all of us is to serve the nation.
- In the long run : (Sooner or later, Ultimately): In the long run he will realize his mistake and will mend his ways.
- Little by little:
(gradually) : Little by little, his wealth frittered away.
- Off and on: (Not
regularly): He worked eight years, off and on, on his autography.
- Of course: ( in the
course of nature) : Our team lost the match and of course all were very sad.
- Once and again: (repeatedly):
I have told you once and again not to read such trash.
- Once for all:
(Finally): I have told you once for all that I am no more interested in this
- Over and
over again : ( time and again-repeatedly): I warned him over and again but he did not pay any heed to me.
- Over and above:
(besides) : He gained over and above this the goodwill of all people.
- One by One :(
gradually): The guests left the place one by one.
- Out and out: (decidedly):
He is out and out a noble person.
- Out and away: (by far):
The Bible is out and away the best book on philosophy.
- To and fro: (up and
down) : He was moving to and fro in the garden thinking over his future plans.
- Through and through:
(Completely): I was drenched in rain through and through.
- Thus and thus:( in
such and such a way) : Thus and thus only we shall succeed.
- At home in : (To be
adept in) : He is at home in English.
- At the risk of : (To be in danger): The boys saved the drowning child at
the risk of their own lives.
- At the mercy of : (compassionately)
: The culprits are at the mercy of the authorities now.
- At the top of : ( at
the peak) : The child cried at the top
of its voice.
- At length : (At last)
: At length truth triumphs.
- At Bottom: ( At heart
) : At bottom his father is a noble person.
- At hand: ( near) :
Work hard, the examination is at hand.
- At Large: ( at a
run) : The police is searching the
culprit but he is still at large.
- At the cost of : ( putting in loss of ) : He is
working so hard at the cost of his health.
- After all: (barring
other things) : After all he is your elder brother, you should respect him.
- By dint of :(
through) By dint of hard work he was able to succeed in the examination.
- By way of : ( through
a route) : We went to Agra by way of Delhi.
- By fits and starts:
(Intermittently) : He could not
succeed because he did his work by fits
- By leaps and bounds:(
Progress abundantly) : He is progressing in his business by leaps and bounds.
- By hook or crook : (
by fair or foul means ): He is determined
to secure this job by hook or crook.
- For want of :(short
of ): His all plans could not materialize for want of funds.
- For lack of :
(shortage of) : We could not help him
for lack of money.
- For the sake of: ( Do
for someone) : He suffered this loss for the sake of honour of his family.
- In honour of : (for respect of ) He hosted a party in
honour of his father’s promotion.
- In stead of : ( in
place of) : Instead of accepting his fault , he started shouting at me.
- In spite of : (
Despite) In spite of hard work, he
failed in the examination.
- In course of: (
During the time) : In course of
time, all the issues settled down.
- In order to : (
resulting to ) : He is doing all in order to win favour of the boss.
- In front of : (
situated opposite to) : His house is
situated in front of the temple.
- In favour of : (on
the side of ) : The chairman of the committee is not in favour of selection of
- In case of :(if it
happens) : In case of your selection for this job, you will have to move out of
- In the hope of :
(expecting) : He started a new business in the hope of earning a good profit.
- In the guise of : (
in the dress of ): Terrorists came in
the guise of policemen.
- On account of : ( due
to ): Our office is closed today on account of Holi.
- On the ground of : (
Due to ) He is on leave today on the ground of his illness.
- On behalf of : ( on
account of ) : I thanked the shopkeeper
on behalf of my brother.
- On the eve of : ( on
the occasion of) : He hosted a party on the eve of his promotion.
- Up to the mark: ( not
of expected level) : His performance is not up to the mark.
- Underway: ( in the
process) : The bridge is still under
- With open arms : (warm
welcome) : People welcomed the leader with open arms wherever he visited.
- With a view to: (with
a purpose of) They hosted a dinner to
him with a view to win his favour.
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