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T he Adverbial Clause
 
Lesson 2-26
Prompt:Adverbial clauses are the most abundant of all dependent clauses. Adverbial clauses are usually found at the beginning or at the end of the complex sentence and give added meaning to the sentence by establishing when, where, why, and how the action takes place. Adverbial clauses beginning a sentence will usually be marked off by a comma.
Example:Consider the following: "When the storm is over, the school will re-open." The underlined adverbial clause modifies the independent clause by establishing "when" the action is to take place.
Directions:Click to select the complete adverbial clause in each complex sentence below.
1.When the settlers from the east settled on the plains, they found many problems.
2.The settlers had to use prairie sod to build houses since there were few trees on the plains.
3.Because there was little wood for cooking fires, settlers burned buffalo dung which they called "buffalo chips."
4.If settlements were away from a river, water wells had to be dug.
5.So that the cattle would stay on the land, barbed wire fences were erected.
6.When settlers rounded up stray cattle, they branded the cattle to show possession.
7.In order that the prairie could be farmed, the steel plow was invented to turn the sod.
8.As the invention that brought deep well water to the surface, the windmill was used on the prairie.
9.Unless there was sufficient rain, crops did not have sufficient moisture to grow.
10.Whenever heavy snow fell, the strong winds caused blizzard conditions.
11.As if the winters were not bad enough, the summers on the prairie were difficult to endure.
12.Hot winds dried out the ground until no crops could grow.