Adverbs occupy different positions in a sentence: at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end.
At the beginning of a sentence before the subject.
, we decided to try it out.
we got home before it rained.
it will not rain.
we hope for our team to win.
Silently, he crept up the stairs.
, she buys me an ice cream.
, all the lights went out.
At the end of a sentence.
- We had to eat quickly.
- He admitted punching and kicking the elderly man repeatedly.
- Our overweight neighbour fell and hurt her leg badly.
- Hey, you have not pronounced my name correctly.
The following examples show adverbs used in the middle of a sentence. They come before or after the main verb. Where there is an auxiliary verb, the adverb is found between the auxiliary verb and the main verb, or after the auxiliary verb and before an adjective that the adverb modifies.
The adverb comes before the verb.
The adverb comes after the verb.
- The sisters dressed beautifully for the occasion.
- She spoke briefly to the reporters.
- The tourist looked carefully at the antique clock before she bought it.
- A crowd of boys watched a helicopter hover noisily overhead.
- He laughed loudly at his own joke.
- She smiled sweetly for the camera.
- We walked quickly to get there on time.
The adverb is used between the auxiliary verb ‘be’ and the main verb.
- The rain had already stopped when we arrived.
- We do occasionally go bird-watching.
- They have openly accused him of stealing.
- He was successfully operated on after the accident.
- Their parents were tragically killed in a road accident.
The adverb is placed between the auxiliary verb used as main verb and an adjective that the adverb modifies.
- You are always quick to point out other people's faults.
- As usual, they are very late.
- He was happily married with five daughers.
- The boys were incredibly lucky to be alive after what happened.
- Their team was soundly beaten.