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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #6985: Adverbs in sentences (lesson + exercise)
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    Adverbs in sentences (lesson + exercise)


     

     The place of adverbs in English

     

    Some adverbs are generally placed near the verb.

    Their precise position depends on the structure of the verb.

     

    The concerned adverbs

     

    Frequency adverbs

    Other adverbs

     

    Often

    Always

    Never

    Sometimes

    Almost

    Mainly

    Usually

    Hardly ever

    Rarely / seldom

     

     

    Also

    Just

    Only

    Even

    Nearly

    Hardly

    Really

    Probably

    Certainly

    Soon

    Last

    Still

     

    Note

     

    All / both /each  follow the same rules

     

    Learn how to use still and yet

     

    Still is for the past 

    Yet is for the future

     

    Still = encore / toujours

     

    Vincent is still asleep

     

    Do you still live in Paris?

     

    Stillnot = toujours pas

     

    Mary still doesn't know.

     

     

    In a question yet is generally translated by  ' déjà'

     

    Have you had lunch yet?

     

    Note that yet is placed at the end of the sentence .

     

    Notyet = pas encore

     

    No it is not time yet

     

     

     

     

    When the verb is a single word, the adverb is before it.

     

    She often writes lessons

     

    She probably wanted some information.

     

    Always learn your lessons before doing your exercises

     

    Exception

    The adverb is placed after : am – are- is- was- were.

     

    I am always happy

     

     

    When the verb is formed with two words or more,

    the adverb  is usually placed after the first auxiliary like in French.

     

     

    The students have certainly been warned.

     

    Vincent and Sébastien are probably going to this pub.

     

     

    In the interrogative form the adverb is placed after the subject.

     

     

    Do you often go to England?

     

     

    In the  negative form, the place of the adverb changes according to the meaning:

    Probably and certainly are always placed before the auxiliary + n't.

     

                                He doesn't often work           => he probably doesn't work.

     

    Note

     

    Remember the words order with not even

     

    Joan has not even confessed her error.

     

     

    Particular cases

     The adverb may be placed before the auxiliary

    to expand the idea expressed in the sentence.

     

                         I'm really working hard.             => I really am working hard.

     

     

    The place of adverbs : perhaps and maybe

     

    Perhaps and maybe are usually placed at the beginning of a sentence.

    Maybe is above all used in a familiar style.

     

    Perhaps her train is late

     

    Maybe Lucile is wrong.

     

       The place of adverbs: very – much – well – a lot – at all-

     

    We have just learnt that in English the verb is generally never split up from its direct object complement, that the adverb must be placed before or after the  verb. But  some adverbs in the following chapter have precise rules :

    (Very) well – a lot – and generally – at all – are placed after the direct object complement. That is also the case for  – very much-

     

    Laurent speaks English very well, but he doesn't know England at all.

     

    She criticises her husband a lot and she likes shouting against him very much.

     

    Note

     

    Very much may also be placed before the verb

     

    I very much like anglaisfacile

     

    It is compulsory when the complement is very long :

     

    I very much like sleeping out on a warm summer night.

     

       The place of adverbs and complements at the end of a sentence.

     

    The adverbs  or complements  which are at the end of a sentence

    say most of the time how, where, when something happened.

    The words order should be :

    ' how,'   where ' when '

     

     

    Bridget sang very well at the club last night.

     

    I'll go to the hospital tomorrow.

     

    I must be in the operating theatre at seven.

     

    Thanks to lucile83

     for checking the lesson and creating the exercise .

     

     

     Exercise

    Put the sentences in order.





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