Without examples or context, I can only guess that they mean what they say they mean.Hela said:Dear teachers,
Would you please tell me what's the difference between an adverbial of purpose and an adverbial of cause?
Hmmm...I'm not sure I can parse the distinction between why and for what reason, but I do notice the word "goal" lurking there.elroy said:An adverbial of purpose indicates purpose (for what reason/goal something is done):
An adverbial of cause indicates cause (why something is done):
You put it in much clearer words than I did.foxfirebrand said:Hmmm...I'm not sure I can parse the distinction between why and for what reason, but I do notice the word "goal" lurking there.
Action moves away from its cause and toward its purpose.
You may intend a purpose, which implies that the "cause" is a function of the means you chose in carrying out that purpose. Thinking along these lines muddies things, because of course some verbs denote thought and intentionality, others action.
That's why (I agree) context is helpful. But in general I hope my improvised statement of principle applies-- here, I'll highlight it and change the font to red.
Agreed. You also think about it this way.MiriamArg said:You can't ask the same question for both types of adverbial, Hela.
An adverbial of cause will be the answer to "why?" or "for what reason?"
An adverbial of purpose will answer the questions "what for?", "for what purpose?"
The purpose is the expected objective or goal, while the cause is the reason for something.
"I'm studying English because I love the English culture" (cause)
"I'm studying English so that I can understand my Irish boyfriend" (purpose)