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

Examples:

  • Foolishly, we decided to try it out.
  • Fortunately we got home before it started to rain.
  • Hopefully, it will not rain.
  • Luckily, I had enough money to buy it.
  • Naturally, we hope for our team to win.
  • Silently, he crept up the stairs.
  • Sometimes, she gives me a lift to work. (The comma may or may not be used.)
  • Suddenly, all the lights went out.

 

At the end of a sentence

Examples:

  • He admitted punching and kicking the man repeatedly.
  • Our old 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 

 

Examples:

  • Your fat uncle accidentally knocked my vase of fresh flowers over.

  • A customer bravely tackled a thief at a store.

  • She carefully folded the letter and gave it to him.

  • Knowing he was late, he nervously glanced at his watch.

  • Their parents often go to the cinema.

  • Accidents regularly occur on this crowded street.

  • She reluctantly agreed to his proposals,.

 

The adverb comes after the verb 

 

Examples:

  • The sisters dressed beautifully for the occasion.
  • She spoke briefly to the women.

  • The tourist looked carefully at the antique before she bought it.

  • I watched a helicopter hover noisily overhead.

  • He laughed loudly at his own joke.

  • She smiled sweetly at him.

  • We walked quickly to get there on time.

 

 

The adverb is used between the auxiliary verb ‘be’ and the main verb

 

Examples:

  • The rain has 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 used between the auxiliary verb and an adjective that the adverb modifies. The auxiliary verb is used as the main verb.

 

Examples:

  • She is always quick to point out other people's faults.
  • As usual, they are very late.

  • He was happily married with three young children.

  • The boys were incredibly lucky to be alive after what happened.

  • Their team was soundly beaten.