Exercise in Identifying Adverb Clauses

An adverb clause (also known as an adverbial clause) is a dependent clause used as an adverb within a sentence. Before doing this exercise, you may find it helpful to review the study sheet Building Sentences with Adverb Clauses.

Instructions

Each of these proverbial sayings contains an adverb clause. Identify the adverb clause in each sentence, and then compare your answers with those below.

  1. While the cat's away, the mice will play.
  1. A lie travels around the world while truth is putting her boots on.
  2. If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
  3. Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
  4. Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
  5. You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.
  6. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
  7. Life is what happens when you are making other plans.
  8. As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing.
  9. Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.

In the following sentences, the adverb clauses are in bold print.

  1. While the cat's away, the mice will play.
  2. A lie travels around the world while truth is putting her boots on.
  3. If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
  4. Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
  5. Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
  1. You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.
  2. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
  3. Life is what happens when you are making other plans.
  4. As soon as you forbid something, you make it extraordinarily appealing.
  5. Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.