Sentence Correction | Adverbial Phrases in Common Use


  •  Again and again : (More than once) :  Good books should be read again and again.
  •  Above all : (before every other consideration)  : Above all, one should be fair in his dealings.
  •  Above board : (without any secret)  : All the dealings of the company are open and above board.


  • At Once:
    • ( Without delay) ; He started for his home at once.
    • (At the same time) : The students left the class at once.
    • ( Collectively at the same time) : He is at once a poet and a great writer.
  • Immediately : (one action follows another without delay) : He immediately rushed to his house as he heard the news.
  • As soon as: ( Prompt simultaneous action) : As soon as the thief saw a policeman he ran away from the scene.


  • At present : (for the present being) : At present I am short of money.  I shall repay your loan next month
  • Presently : (shortly): He will return presently.


  • By and  by : ( after a time) : By and by, the anger of  public will subside.
  • By the by : ( In Passing) : By the by it is said that the general elections will be held soon.
  • Before long : ( In a short time) : I shall start a sugar factory before long.


  •  Far and near : ( In all directions) : His fame has spread far and near.
  •  Far and wide : (In many distant  places) : He has travelled far and wide.
  •  Far and away : (decidedly) : This is far and away the best course.


  • First and foremost : (first of all) : First and foremost duty of all of  us is to serve the nation.
  • In the long run : (Sooner or later, Ultimately): In the long run he will realize his mistake and will mend his ways.


  • Little by little: (gradually) : Little by little, his wealth frittered away.
  • Off and on: (Not regularly): He worked eight years, off and on, on his autography.
  • Of course: ( in the course of nature) : Our team lost the match and of course all were very sad.


  • Once and again: (repeatedly): I have told you once and again not to read such trash.
  • Once for all: (Finally): I have told you once for all that I am no more interested in this deal.
  • Over  and  over again : ( time and again-repeatedly):  I warned  him over and again but he did not pay any heed to me.
  • Over and above: (besides) : He gained over and above this the goodwill of all people.


  • One by One : ( gradually): The guests left the place one by one.


  • Out and out: (decidedly): He is out and out a noble person.
  • Out and away: (by far): The Bible is out and away the best book on philosophy.


  • To and fro: (up and down) : He was moving to and fro in the garden thinking over his future plans.


  • Through and through: (Completely): I was drenched in rain through and through.
  • Thus and thus:( in such and such a way) : Thus and thus only we shall succeed.






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