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Position of Adverbs

Using adverbs is a mortal sin, Elmore Leonard.

An adverb is a word that modifies a verb (he writes terribly), adjective (he is quite right), another adverb (she sang very smoothly), or a whole sentence (Fortunately, I was ready for it). Adverbs often end in -ly and typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how?, in what way?, when?, where?, and to what extent? Different kinds of adverbs go in different positions in a sentence. The road to hell is paved with adverbs, Stephen King.

The road to hell is paved with adverbs, Stephen King.

He speaks quickly and passionately.

He speaks quickly and passionately.

They are placed at the beginning of a sentence (Tomorrow I will be strong, Today I’m going back to school), after the verb (He is often irritable and grouchy) or at the end of the sentence (I will start tomorrow, he was hospitalized yesterday).

  1. Adverbs of frequency are placed before the main verb. For example: I often practice yoga on my own, I always knew she would be the first girl I kissed.

  2. They go between an auxiliary verb and the main verb, e.g., She has never been very strong, I don’t ever drink beer.

  3. However, they come after the verb “to be”, e.g., I am always thinking about you, She is sometimes right. Peter Pan will never grow up.

Some men will never grow up.

Some men will never grow up.

I walked down the road.

I walked down the road.

When there are two or more adverbs, the usual order is manner (how), place (where), and time (when). For example, she sang beautifully at the party yesterday. Put this plate carefully in the fridge right now.

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