Position of Adverbs | Class 8 English Grammar
Adverbs are words used to modify verbs and adjectives. Adverbs can also modify adverbs. Most adverbs end in -ly. Examples are: pleasantly, kindly, stupidly, eagerly etc. Generally speaking all place words and time words are also adverbs.
Position of adverbs
We do not put adverbs between a verb and its object.
- I often have meetings. (NOT I have often meetings.)
- She speaks English well. (NOT She speaks well English.)
- He played his part well. (NOT He played well his part.)
- She held the bag tightly. (NOT She held tightly the bag.)
- I bought a car yesterday.
- I visited them last week.
Adverbs of manner (e.g. clearly, bravely, carefully, kindly, well etc.) usually go at the end of a clause.
- She sang well.
- The girl cried bitterly.
- He drove carefully.
- The soldiers fought bravely.
- He worked diligently.
- She sang beautifully.
- She solved the puzzle easily.
Frequency adverbs (e.g. often, never, always, sometimes, seldom, rarely, hardly ever, frequently etc.) usually go between the auxiliary verb and the main verb.
- I have always wanted to buy a car.
- She has never invited me to her home.
- You have never thanked me for anything.
- I had hardly sat down to rest.
- I have often wanted to escape.
If there is no auxiliary verb, the frequency adverb usually goes before the main verb.
- I often watch English films.
- She sometimes buys foreign periodicals.
If the verb is a form of be, the frequency adverb goes after it.
- I am seldom late for work.
- She is always ready to help.
- He is never angry.
- He is often late for work.
- It never occurred to me that she was lying.