How to explain an adverbial modifier being between a verb and an object?

In any Grammar I read I see: “We don’t put adverbs between the verb and the object” but when I read a book, for example, Conan Doyle’s narrative “Behind the Times”, I find such examples that violate that alleged rule: Dr. Winter (the subject) introduced (the simple predicate or the verb) into a wound … Read more

What’s happening in this sentence using “far away”?

“David and Emma live far away in the mountains.” What grammatical role do the words “far” and “away” have in that sentence? I realize that “far away” must be an adverbial, that can be both a complement and an adjunct, when I consider the following sentences. David and Emma live far away. David and Emma … Read more

Usage of at in a question

I have recently read the following quote from a famous vegan activist: How would you feel if the moment you were born someone else had already planned the day of your execution? However, I think that there is an “at” missing: How would you feel if at the moment you were born someone else had … Read more

Does “So as long as” mean the same as “Just as long as” in this sentence?

I have a question regarding a sentence in this Meta post: Votes reversed by the detection script can be re-cast by the user at a later time, so long as the user does not again engage in serial voting which causes them to be reversed (yet again). It says “so long as the user does … Read more

What’s the ‘accusative absolute’?

I read the following definition for accusative absolute, but the many syntactical terms (based on Latin) confound me: accusative and nominative absolute. a construction in English, especially colloquial English, consisting of a pronoun in the accusative case joined with a predicate that does not include a finite verb and otherwise identical with the nominative absolute … Read more

Adverb modifier within prepositional phrase

I need help understanding the rule for the word “possibly” in the following sentence: “This investigation was initiated due to an alert on an internal monitoring system for possibly structured cash activity.” I was told it should be “possible” because it is the object of a preposition. I argued “possibly” is an adverb modifying structured. … Read more

Does putting a how before an independent clause make it dependent?

I’m wondering if putting a “how” before an independent clause somehow makes it dependent. Example: John questioned societal norms, and how those norms affected the students. or Example: John questioned societal norms and how those norms affected the students. Both “John questioned societal norms” and “those norms affected the students” are independent clauses, right? Yet … Read more

Is this an adverbial complement? “They led me _to believe that there was no danger_.”

I’m a novice who realised the existence of this site today. The following picture is from Idiomatic and Syntactic English Dictionary by A.S. Hornby: Pattern 10 Verbs marked P 10 may be followed by an object and an adverb or an adverb phrase (including adverbial infinitives meaning in order to….). See also the notes on … Read more

When and why can you omit “when” (or other conjunctions or prepositions) before a gerund clause that’s used adverbially?

I had a bad experience working there. Is that sentence correct, or must I write: I had a bad experience when working there. I had a bad experience while working there. or even: I had a bad experience while I was working there. I had a bad experience when I worked there. It seems like … Read more