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 colonyhari,

Yes. Adverbs of indefinite frequency (e.g. often, normally, usually, often, etc.) are most common in mid-position, i.e. before or around the verb, but can also go in front position (i.e. at the beginning of the sentence) and also end position (at the end), especially if they are the most relevant information in the sentence.

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I wanted to ask you a question. Can an adverb modify a noun? Could you please give me some examples? Thank you very much.

Hello Sokhom Kim,

No, an adverb cannot modify a noun directly. Adverbs can add information to verbs or to adjectives, but not nouns.

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But Sir,
"Only John came last night."

In this sentence the adverb 'Only' modify the noun 'John' directly...
What you say about this ??

Hello RubeL G,

'Only' can be both an adverb and an adjective. Where it modifies a noun, it is functioning as an adjective.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Is actually weekend a single word?

Hello jcackre!

Yes it is, meaning Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget you can check words in our on-site dictionary, at the top right of the page.



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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!

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