Clause Pattern: Subject – Verb – Adverbial
Understanding the construction and use of the subject – verb – adverbial clause pattern
This pattern consists of a subjectSee the glossary definition , a one-placeSee the glossary definition (intransitiveSee the glossary definition ) verb, and an obligatory adverbialSee the glossary definition .
Without the adverbial the sentence makes no real sense - it is incomplete.
Sneezing is a phenomenon that occursintransitive verb in both people and animals obligatory adverbial . (Sorg 2021) (info) Without the adverbial the sentence is syntactically correct but incomplete.
The answer to this questionsubject lies intransitive verb in how our brains are hardwired to think obligatory adverbial. (Anderson-Sieg 2021) (info)"The answer to this question lies" is clearly incomplete; it needs an adverbial to make sense.
The first one subject ("one" refers to "ice age" mentioned earlier in the text) happenedintransitive verb about 2 billion years ago obligatory adverb and lastedintransitive verb about 300 million years obligatory adverb . (Su 2022) (info)Two examples in this sentence.
The virus subject wasintransitive verb
aggressive and lethal obligatory adverb . (Roossinck 2020) (info)"The virus was" is clearly incomplete; it needs an adverbial to make sense.
Some [mushrooms] have pores that lookintransitive verb like sponges obligatory adverb (Hughes 2021) (info)"that look like sponges" is a dependent (relative) clause so there is no subject here.
Common verbs used in this pattern are: be, get, happen, last, lie, look, occur, remain.