Do well on the test on Monday.


I know prepositonal phrases can funtion as an adverb or an adjective, but sometimes I feel like there is no meaning difference between as whichever it functions. For example,


                                         "Do well on the test on Monday."


Do well on the test on Monday.


Do well on the test on Monday.


I know that I am dragging this question out but I just would like to hear how you feel about it. Do you feel any difference between them? I think in the end, the test is on Monday, whichever modifies whichever. Don't you think so. Please feel free to tell me your opinions about it. Thank you so much as usual.                                     



edited Sep 09 '12 at 09:22 Hans Contributor

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This is responding to Han's comment to Z. A. Jazley.


Han, as Tolley said, your two sentences are identical and the prepositional phrase is adverbial (modifying the verb does). The order in which the adverbial preposition phrases appear can change the emphasis of the sentence, but it does not change the basic meaning.


On Monday, do well on the test. This emphasizes Monday more than does: Do well on the test on Monday. But they both have the same basic meaning.

link edited Sep 10 '12 at 20:06 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Aha...I got it. Thank you both, but by any chance, "on Monday" could modify the test in"Do well on the test on Monday"?

HansSep 10 '12 at 00:09

No, no chance.

TolleySep 10 '12 at 00:30

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A prepositional phrase cannot be an adjectival simply because it is written just after a noun.  We have to find out which word it describes.

Do the test on Monday well. (Adjective - It describes the noun "test)

Do the test well on Monday. (Adverb - It describe the verb "do") 

link answered Sep 09 '12 at 10:46 Z. A. Jazley Expert

Thank you, and do you think there is much difference in meaning between them?

HansSep 09 '12 at 11:40

Are you a native speaker?

sanjaySep 09 '12 at 17:04

No, I am not a native speaker. I don't think there is much difference.

Z. A. JazleySep 10 '12 at 11:28

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