Learn about the position of adverbs in a sentence and do the exercises to practise using them.
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