where they go in a sentence

 

Where do adverbials go in a sentence?

We normally put adverbials after the verb:

He spoke angrily.
They live just here.
We will go in a few minutes.

or after the object or complement:

He opened the door quietly.
She left the money on the table.
We saw our friends last night.
You are looking tired tonight.

But adverbials of frequency (how often) usually come in front of the main verb:

We usually spent our holidays with our grandparents.
I have never seen William at work.

But if we want to emphasise an adverbial we can put it at the beginning of a clause:

Last night we saw our friends.
In a few minutes we will go.
Very quietly he opened the door.

If we want to emphasise an adverb of manner we can put it in front of the main verb:

He quietly opened the door.
She had carefully put the glass on the shelf.

Try these tasks to practice your use of placement of adverbials.

Task 1

Exercise

Task 2

Exercise

Comments

Hi sir,
Please correct the following sentences:
1. He angrily speak.
2. He angrily told the boy that "spoiled child"
3. He told the boy angrily that "spoiled child"
Thank you.

I had read many years back that the sentence "He lived her for a month." is wrong since it implies that after a month the person died, and hence the correct word to be used in place of "lived" is "stayed". Is this so?

Hello safetysaran,

No, that's not the case.  We often use 'live' to talk about a place rather than just life. For example, I might say 'I lived in Manchester for 25 years' and that does not mean that I am dead!

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, could i ask if there is difference in meaning of two words "adverbs", "adverbials".
And i see very often that people likes to use adverb with "s".
Thank you.

Hello jack shin,

An adverb is a word which modifies or tells us something about the verb or the sentence.  An adverbial has the same function, but can be a word (an adverb) or a phrase comprised of several words.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Learn English Team, 
I have a remark, please. In the first question (1/8), we have the following sentence:
"At ten o'clock tonight I'll be in Berlin".
It consists of: - a prepositional phrase ( at ten o'clock tonight) which represents an adverbials for time. 
                     - then, we have the sentence's core ( subj+verb = I'll be)
                    - finally, we have a second prepositional phrase. This time, it is for place (in Berlin). 
Right? Ok. 
My question is: 
Don't you think that we miss a possible correct answer for this question which is the second one (b- After the verb)?
Thank you very much. 
Kind regards.
Yosri
 

Hello. hello,
I just would like to ask if the sentece above it's correct or not.
''He spoke angrily.'' and why not ''He spokes angrily.''
Than you for the answer in advence.

Hello Rickerik!
 
"He spoke angrily" is correct because the sentence is in the past tense. We only add s for he, she, or it in the present tense.

Hope that helps!
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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