General Writing and Grammar Help/sentence-clause-phrase


What kind of sentence is it?is it an adverbial clause or is it an adverbial phrase?
After eating my lunch, I went to school.

Your example is indeed a sentence, and it can also be viewed as an independent clause taking up the whole sentence, but it is not a phrase. Part of the sentence or clause is an adverbial prepositional phrase (after eating my lunch).

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