What Are Adjuncts? (with Examples)

What Are Adjuncts? (with Examples)

An adjunct is a word, a phrase, or a clause that can be removed from a sentence without making the sentence grammatically wrong.

An adjunct is usually an adverb used to modify a verb. When used as an adverb, an adjunct will usually indicate a time, a manner, a place, a frequency, a reason, or a degree. For example:

Time Adjuncts (Adverbs of Time)

Here are some examples of time adjuncts:
  • The alarm went off again yesterday.
  • In the morning, he will veto the bill.

Manner Adjuncts (Adverbs of Manner)

Here are some examples of manner adjuncts:
  • Present your case carefully.
  • Simon drinks his pints like a demon.

Place Adjuncts (Adverbs of Place)

Here are some examples of place adjuncts:
  • Here the situation is completely different.
  • She buries all her toys wherever Ollie buries his.

Frequency Adjuncts (Adverbs of Frequency)

Here are some examples of frequency adjuncts:
  • She comes here often.
  • Every Tuesday, the shop opens at eight o'clock.

Reason Adjuncts (Adverbs of Reason)

Here are some examples of reason adjuncts:
  • As it's Friday, you can stay up another hour.
  • Expect the tent to leak because it's been in my garage for 30 years.

Degree Adjuncts (Adverbs of Degree)

Here are some examples of degree adjuncts:
  • You're not as poor as you could have been.
  • She is as smart as she is brilliant.

See Also

Using commas with adjuncts What are adverbial phrases? What are adverbial clauses? What is a squinting modifier? What is a misplaced modifier? What is a phrase? What is a clause? What are adverbs? What does modify mean? What are verbs? Glossary of grammatical terms