Adverbs in English. When place makes a difference

I sometimes watch English films. Sometimes I watch English films. If you are also confused by the question of what place the adverb takes in the sentence, then we advise you to read this article. We will find the correct position for each adverb in the English sentence.

To begin with, it is worth identifying three main positions in which an adverb can occur:

  1. Front position - just like the front camera on your smartphone, an adverb in the sentence may be at the very beginning:
    Maybe, I will manage to finish my project this week.
  2. Mid position - an adverb is in the middle of the sentence - before the verb:
    I truly understand that situation is difficult.

    If the verb is expressed in the form to be (am, is, are), the adverb takes the position after the verb:
    Your friends are always moody. - Because you are often rude with them!
  3. Post position - adverb takes position at the end of the sentence
    She opened the envelope carefully.

So, let's see what positions in a sentence different types of English adverbs can occupy:

  1. Adverbs of manner (how the action happens) - mid or post position;
    She suddenly broke up with me. She broke up with me suddenly.
  2. Adverbs of Place (where the action happens) - post position;
    Due to the quarantine, I have my Birthday party inside.
  3. Adverbs of time (when the action happens - when designating a certain point of time - occupy post or front position;
    I saw Susan with her new husband yesterday. Yesterday I saw Susan with her new husband.

    If adverb points to an indefinite time, it usually takes mid position;
    I have just started working on my new project. However, some adverbs can also appear at the end of a sentence, for example: I have already talked to my boss. I have talked to my boss already.
  4. Adverbs of frequency (how often the action happens) - take mid position;
    I rarely watch Western films on TV.
  5. Adverbs of attitude - in most cases, they occupy a front or mid position;
    I naturally wake up early on the weekends. Obviously I learn new English words every day.
  6. Linking adverbs - usually occupy the front position
    However, I can’t agree that your boss fired you - you did your job well.
  7. Adverbs of degree (to what extend) - I take a position in front of the word they define;
    She had nearly married a man just like her father. We've been divorced for nearly five years.

After reading and studying this article, you can easily determine what position in the sentence this or that type of adverb takes - you just have to make a few examples yourself. Learning these multi-part rules sounds daunting, but don't forget: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Mark Twain

Author: Yana Kosur

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