Position of Adverbs
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Adverb of Manner
(e.g.: slowly, carefully, awfully)
These adverbs are put behind the direct object (or behind the verb if there's no direct object).
Adverbs of Place
(e.g.: here, there, behind, above)
Like adverbs of manner, these adverbs are put behind the direct object or the verb.
Adverbs of Time
(e.g.: recently, now, then, yesterday)
Adverbs of time are usually put at the end of the sentence.
|subject||verb(s)||indirect object||direct object||time|
|I||will tell||you||the story||tomorrow.|
If you don't want to put emphasis on the time, you can also put the adverb of time at the beginning of the sentence.
|time||subject||verb(s)||indirect object||direct object|
|Tomorrow||I||will tell||you||the story.|
Adverbs of Frequency
(e.g.: always, never, seldom, usually)
Adverbs of frequency are put directly before the main verb. If 'be' is the main verb and there is no auxiliary verb, adverbs of frequency are put behind 'be'. Is there an auxiliary verb, however, adverbs of frequency are put before 'be'.
|subject||auxiliary/be||adverb||main verb||object, place or time|
|I||often||go swimming||in the evenings.|
|We||are||usually||here in summer.|
Changed: 10th Dec 2010 19:35