Position of adverb

Position of adverb

Position of adverb

We can put adverbs and adverb phrases at the front, in the middle or at the end of a clause.

What positions can adverbs be used in within a sentence or clause?

Adverbs can be used in three positions in a sentence or clause:

  • front (Sometimes I see him at the supermarket.)
  • mid (We’re already eaten dinner.)
  • end (Bring the boxes here)

Different types of adverbs and adverbials go in different positions.  Let’s learn these adverb positions in a sentence, also called adverb placement.

Front position

The front position before the subject of the sentence. It gives information in advance, to set the scene for the action that follows.

Refer to time or frequency:

  • Afterwards, we went out for a walk.
  • Sometimes she wonders what life’s all about.

Refer to place:

  • Tomorrow I’m going to dubai.
  • Next to her I felt like a fraud.

Refer to Manner:

  • Suddenly, the eagle opened its wings

Mid position

The adverb in this position is intimately connected with the verb, generally placed immediately before it. If there is an auxiliary verb, the adverb is placed between the auxiliary and main verb.

Refer to frequency:

  • We always meet for coffee on Saturday.
  • She’s never been to Sweden

Refer to manner:

  • He slowly backed his car into the garage.
  • He carefully avoided my eye.

Refer to Degree:

  • I can hardly believe you said that.

Make the meaning of a verb, adjective, or other adverb stronger or weaker:

  • She nearly fell asleep at her desk.
  • These ideas are very complicated.

Focus on part of a sentence or clause:

  • I’m only going to stay in America for a week.

End position

The end position is at the end of the sentence.

Refer to manner:

  • The horse whisked its tail angrily.
  • For some reason, his career progressed slowly.

Refer to time or frequency:

  • The troops flew home yesterday
  • He visits me occasionally

Refer to place:

  • They’re sitting at the table over there.

Position of adverbs and verbs

Adverbs are often found between the subject and its verb:

  • We always meet for lunch at 12 p.m.
  • I completely forgot his name and address.

They can also come between an auxiliary verb and a main verb:

  • She had quickly eaten his dinner.
  • The concert was suddenly cancelled.

Other Link:

Types of adverbs

3 Degrees of Comparison with Examples


What are the three positions of adverb?

There are 3 positions for adverbs in a sentence: front position (at the beginning of a sentence) end position (at the end of a sentence) mid-position (in the middle of a sentence).

Where should adverbs be placed?

Adverb placement of focusing adverbs generally takes place in the middle of a sentence, or in the ‘mid-position’. Focusing adverbs put the emphasis on one part of the clause in order to modify, qualify or add additional information.

What is the correct order of adverbs?

Remember, the order of adverbs is manner, place, frequency, time, and purpose.

What is the position of adverb of frequency?

The adverb of frequency goes between the auxiliary and the main verb. We don’t usually watch TV after lunch. They can’t always wait for you. It goes after ‘to be’.

What are adverbs examples?

An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too quickly), or even a whole sentence (Fortunately, I had brought an umbrella). Adverbs often end in -ly, but some (such as fast) look exactly the same as their adjective counterparts.

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