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1. I met him at the corner.
2. I met a beggar at the corner.
3. I met the beggar at the corner.
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What is the part of speech of 'at the corner'? Is it an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase? Or can it be both?
My explanation for #2 is as follows.

Where did you meet a beggar? I met a beggar at the corner. If this is the answer to the question, 'at the corner' is an adverbial phrase.

Which person did you meet? I met a beggar at the corner. I met a beggar who was at the corner. In both answers, 'at the corner' is an adjective.

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  1. This is correct:
    What is the part of speech of 'at the corner'? Is it an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase? Or can it be both?
    My explanation for #2 is as follows.

    Where did you meet a beggar? I met a beggar at the corner. If this is the answer to the question, 'at the corner' is an adverbial phrase.


    However, in neither sentence would "at the corner" be considered an adjective. It's telling where, and that applies to adverbs.
    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/adverb.htm

  2. OK, I thought of a way to phrase that so "at the corner" would act as an adjective!!

    The man at the corner is my brother.
    (Adjectives need to be as close to the noun they're modifying as possible.)

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