Pro-adverbs are pro-forms that take the place of adverbs. In this lesson, we are going to learn about its types and functions.

Pro-adverbs in The English Grammar

What Are Pro-adverbs?

A pro-adverb is a pro-form that substitutes for an adverb or other expression having an adverbial function. For example, these expression below all serve as pro-adverbs:

  • so
  • (in) this way
  • (in) that way
  • like this
  • like that

Now, take a look at some example:

Sorry, I didn't know you felt that way.

I find it easier to behave this way.

You have to fold the corners back, like so.


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