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(Frasi avverbiali)

Adverbial phrases are used in similar ways to adverbs of manner to convey the same sense. Rather than modifying an adjective by adding -mente, however, an adverbial phrase is formed by the use of a preposition followed by the corresponding noun. Such a use can be an alternative to the standard adverb of manner or because some adjectives do not lend themselves to being modified.

In such phrases, the most common prepositions used are con (with), di (of), a (to), da (from), senza (without), and in.


Carlo mi redarguì con forza
Carlo reproached me strongly (literally: with strength)

Senza dubbio sarà una prova dei nervi
Undoubtedly (literally: without doubt) it will be a test of nerves

Moreno reagì in maniera nervosa
Moreno reacted nervously (literally: in a nervous way)

Gli studenti aspettavano con ansia i risultati degli esami
The students were anxiously (literally: with anxiety) awaiting the results of the exams

Filippo si è comportato in modo strano
Filippo behaved strangely (literally: in a strange way)

Dobbiamo arrivare in orario
We must arrive on time

Il pasto è stato così buono che vorrei di nuovo mangiare là
The meal was so good that I would like to eat there again

Di solito ceniamo alle otto
We usually dine at eight

Be aware that there are other ways in expressing what some of the above examples say. However, we are concerned here only with the use of adverbial phrases.

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