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Position of Adverbs

Frequency Adverbs
The most common position for these adverbs is before the main verb in the What part.
  • I always watch the news.
If there is an auxiliary (do,does,etc.) or a modal verb (can,must,etc.)they come between the auxiliary or modal and the main verb.
  • I don’t always watch the news.
  • I can’t always watch the news.
  • They will never do that again.
  • He hardly ever goes out.
  • She can rarely have a rest.
  • It seldom rains here.
  • She occasionally writes to me.
  • He sometimes has to work late.
  • She doesn’t usually work on Fridays.
  • I have often seen him.
  • It always happens in winter.
Other Adverbs that come before the main verb
  • I have already had lunch.
  • They have recently bought a new car.
  • She has just come back.
  • We finally managed to contact him.
  • We will soon have a break.
  • He is still watching television.
  • I almost forgot.
  • They have all finish.
Other Adverbs that come before the main verb.
  • They are currently negotiating a deal.
  • I would also like to visit the church.
  • We will probably get a letter next week.
  • We both arrived late.
  • I can’t even move my fingers.
  • I could hardly hear him.


Verb to be as the main verb.

Frequency Adverbs

  • She is always here.
  • The bus is rarely on time.
  • They are often tired.
Other Adverbs
  • We were all happy.
  • August was even hotter than July.
  • I am already late.
Putting an adverb at the beginning of a sentence
You may occasionally see some (not all) of these adverbs at the beginning of a sentence.
This is to put some emphasis on this element.
The punctuation and the voice will change too.
  • Sometimes, he has to work late.
  • Usually, she doesn’t work on Fridays.
  • Finally, we managed to contact him.
  • Soon, we’ll have a break.
  • Currently, they’re negotiating a deal.
If you put any of the negative adverbs at the beginning of a sentence, you will require an inversion (auxiliary-subject switch).
Therefore, it is best to avoid negative adverbs at the start of a sentence.
Negative adverbs at the start of a sentence:
  • They will never do it again.
  • Never will they do it again.
  • She can rarely have a rest.
  • Rarely can  she have a rest.
  • It seldom rains here.
  • Seldom does it rain here.

Adverb of Manner, answering the question How

As you remember from part 1,how comes between when and why in the sentence structure.
Now, if the how is an ly adverb such as quickly, slowly, gently, carefully etc., you can put it before the main verb, as we have seen with the other adverbs.
If you do this,you are stressing this element this element and should reflect it in your voice.
  • He opened the door quietly.
  • He quietly opened the door.
  • We could see it in the distance clearly.
  • We could clearly see it in the distance.
  • She was singing happily.
  • She was happily singing.



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