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Where adverbials go in a sentence

Level: beginner

We normally put adverbials after the verb:

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

If the verb has an object or complement we put the adverbial 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.

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.

Where adverbials go in a sentence 1


Where adverbials go in a sentence 2




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.

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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I didn´t understand the first  exercise for the where they go in a sentence. I´m still confuse

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