Adverb Position

B2 - Upper-Intermediate

Read the Grammar Reference and rewrite the sentences with a more normal order.


Adverb position depends on the type of adverb, and some adverbs can go in more than one position. Usage in this area is complicated, general tendencies are as follows:

- Connecting adverbs and comment adverbs usually come at the beginning of a clause. Connecting adverbs join a clause to what came before; comment adverbs give the speaker's opinion.

Then they went home.
Next, we need to look at costs.
However, James disagreed.
Stupidly, I forgot to thank Maggie.
Fortunately nobody noticed the mistake.

- Maybe and perhaps also usually come at the beginning:

Maybe you're right.
Perhaps we should think again.

- Focusing (emphasising) adverbs most often go with the verb if they emphasise words later in the sentence:

They're even open today.
I've only been here a month.

- But they can also go before the words that they emphasise, especially in spoken English:

They're open even today.
I've been here only a month.

- Expressions that say how, where, and when most often go at the end; usually in that order:

They played brilliantly in Coventry on Saturday.
Pam works in London on Wednesdays.
I'm going to bed early.

- We do NOT normally put these adverbs between a verb and its object:

You speak Japanese very well.
Let's discuss the budget now.

- Adverbs of place and time can go at the beginning for emphasis:

In Germany they do things quite differently.
On Monday I'll be back home.

- After verbs of movement, we often put an expression of place first:

They went outside slowly