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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