Adverbial – complément circonstanciel

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What's an *adverbial*?

An adverbial (In French: complément circonstanciel) can be a word, phrase or clause describing the circumstances in which the action of the verb occurs.

In "Je visiterai ce pays très sûrement dès que j'aurai un peu d'argent." [I will visit this country very surely as soon as I have some money],  the words "très surement" function as an adverbial phrase, while "dès que j'aurai un peu d'argent" make an adverbial clause.

The complément circonstanciel can be moved around in the sentence. It can also be erased without changing the meaning of the sentence.

 

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Below, you will find some examples of qualificative and determining adjectives. They are underlined for your convenience.

  1. Elle porte une jolie robe rougeShe is wearing a nice red dress.
  2. Cette fleur bleue est belle. This blue flower is beautiful.
  3. Il y avait quelques personnes à la soirée. There were a few people at the party.
  4. Où est mon ballon de foot? Where is my soccer ball?
  5. Les personnes malades vont à l'hôpital. Sick people go to the hospital.

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