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    Adverbs: Where to place them? 1

    How to place adverbs :  GENERAL CASES  

    (In order not to make this lesson too long, the other cases will be studied in another lesson...)


    I) A great number of adverbs are concerned:

    A) The adverbs expressing  frequency

    often                                    - ending     - mostly, mainly 

    - always                                     with - ly :  - usually                                                                    

    never                                                       - hardly, rarely/seldom 

    sometimes                                               - ever (positive meaning)




    B) Other adverbs :

    also                                            - only 

    - just                                             - even

    soon                                           - really, probably, certainly                                                                      

    still                                             - last                                                                     

    - already                                      

    All these adverbs ( plus 'all', ‘both' and ‘each') follow the same rules


    II)  For the verbs in the affirmative form, where do we place the adverb?

    1) When the verb is composed of one only word: the adverb is placed in front of the verb.

    ex : She'll soon learn what to do in such a case...

    ex : His students often call him for help...

    ex : Always wash your hands before eating! 


    2) Used with the verb to be, when it is in the present or the past, the adverb is placed after the verb.

    ex : This student is always late ! I'm fed up with his behaviour! 

    ex : The kids were really calmer than the teenagers! 


    3) If the verb is composed of  two words or more (auxiliaries, sometimes a modal one - compound tenses), the adverb is placed after the first auxiliary.

    ex : He should always have been careful crossing the street ! 


    III) What to do with   interrogative and negative forms?

    1) In the interrogative form, the adverb is placed after the subject :

    ex : Do you always speak so aggressively? 

    ex : Does she often go out  on weekdays? 


    2) In the negative form, the place of the adverb depends on the meaning:

    ex : I don't only like her, I admire her too! 

    ex : I don't like her only, I like her sister too... 

    ex : Not only do I like her, but I also admire her/ but I like her sister too. (formal style demanding an inversion of the subject.)


    ex : Even the teacher was tired and willing to go.

    ex : The teacher was even outraged when the kid replied in such away ...

    ex:  The teacher even explained why it had to be that way...



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