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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #108825: Adverbs: Where to place them? 2
Adverbs: Where to place them? 2
Adverbs : where to place them? (2)
The general case was studied in test. Here, we're going to take an interest in special cases.
1) Perhaps and Maybe are mostly used in familiar conversation and style and are placed at the beginning of the sentence:
ex : Maybe I'm an optimist, but I'm sure he'll pass his exam.
ex : Perhaps you're right, but if I were you, I'd check again!
2) Are normally placed at the end of the sentence:
a) Some adverbs expressing precise moments of time: yesterday, today, tomorrow, early, late and adverbs of place: upstairs, downstairs , inside, outside,
ex : Mom! There's a lady waiting for you downstairs!
b) Adverbs of manner ending with - ly : calmly, quietly, noisily, quickly, willingly, reluctantly...
ex : The children were greeting the guests noisily.
c) Very much, very well, very good, a lot, at all
A verb shouldn't be separated from its Predicate (or object complement). Normally, these adverbs must be placed after the complements:
ex : He really speaks English very well.
ex : Oh, dear ! I like this chocolate cake very much!
Yet ... exceptionally, if the object complement is very long, the adverb can be placed at the beginning of the sentence:
ex : Oh! I like so much taking long peaceful strolls along the River Seine, in the sun.
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