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Position of Adverbs

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).

subjectverb(s)direct objectadverb
Hedrovethe carcarefully.
Hedrove carefully.

Adverbs of Place

(e.g.: here, there, behind, above)

Like adverbs of manner, these adverbs are put behind the direct object or the verb.

subjectverb(s)direct objectadverb
Ididn't seehimhere.
Hestayed behind.

Adverbs of Time

(e.g.: recently, now, then, yesterday)

Adverbs of time are usually put at the end of the sentence.

subjectverb(s)indirect objectdirect objecttime
Iwill tellyouthe storytomorrow.

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.

timesubjectverb(s)indirect objectdirect object
TomorrowIwill tellyouthe 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'.

subjectauxiliary/beadverbmain verbobject, place or time
I oftengo swimmingin the evenings.
Hedoesn'talwaysplaytennis.
Weareusually here in summer.
Ihaveneverbeenabroad.

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Changed: 05th Mar 2014 15:24

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