Position of adverbs in English
|Adverbs of Manner||Adverbs of manner are placed after the verb or entire expression (at the end of the sentence).||Their teacher speaks quickly.|
|Adverbs of Time||Adverbs of time are placed after the verb or entire expression (at the end of the sentence).||She visited her friends last year.|
|Adverbs of Frequency||Adverbs of frequency are placed before the main verb (not the auxiliary verb).||He often goes to bed late.
Do you sometimes get up early?
|Adverbs of Degree||Adverbs of degree are placed after the verb or entire expression (at the end of the sentence).||She'll attend the meeting as well.|
|Adverbs of Comment||Adverbs of comment are placed at the beginning of a sentence.||Luckily, I was able to come to the presentation.|
Important Exceptions to Adverb Placement
Some adverbs are placed at the beginning of a sentence to provide more emphasis.
For example: Now you tell me you can't come!
Adverbs of frequency are placed after the verb 'to be' when used as the main verb of the sentence.
For example: Jack is often late for work.
Some adverbs of frequency (sometimes, usually, normally) are also placed at the beginning of the sentence for emphasis.
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