Position of Adverb

It is necessary for us to know the position [place] of different adverbs in a sentence. Now let's learn it in this lesson.

A. Adverbs of manner [wisely, cleverly, quickly], adverbs or adverb phrases of place [here, there, everywhere, on the road] and the adverbs of time [now, today, next month] are placed after of the object.

  1. She sang sweetly.
  2. He is sailing the boat carefully.
  3. They arranged the party well.
  4. We crossed the road quickly.
  5. He answered the judge politely.
  6. Noel will arrive here soon.
  7. They searched for the smugglers everywhere.
  8. The stranger is sitting there.
  9. The kite is flying in the air.
  10. He went near the wounded man.
  11. It rained yesterday.
  12. We visited the Tajmahal last year.
  13. They leave for Canada tomorrow.
  14. He will be appointed next month.
  15. She will be doing yoga in the morning.

(II) when more then one adverbs are there the order of the adverbs will be:

(a) Adverb of manner,
(b) Adverb of place,
(c) Adverb of time,

  1. He studied well last year. [manner, time]
  2. They will reach the place tomorrow. [place, time]
  3. She painted beautifully on the ceiling last year. [manner, place, time]
  4. He fought bravely at Kargil in summer. [manner, place, time]
  5. We arranged the marriage hall neatly yesterday. [manner, time].

(III) Adverbs of frequency [always, never, often, rarely, usually, generally, etc.] and some adverbs [already, hardly, nearly, just, quite etc] are

A. Placed between the subject and the verb if there is one word in the verb.

  1. He never tells lies.
  2. She rarely wears saris.
  3. I usually take raw vegetables in the morning.
  4. He often scolds his children.
  5. We always help the poor.

(B) If there is more than one word in the verb then they are placed after the first word:

  1. I have just finished my work.
  2. Tom will never buy a car.
  3. They have ever followed you .
  4. They will quite disagree with her.
  5. You can hardly believe him.

(IV) When the verb is a 'be' verb [is, am, was, are, were] the adverbs are placed after the verb:

  1. We are ever at the mercy of nature.
  2. She is never late to school.
  3. He is just off.
  4. I am usually at church on Sundays
  5. We are already here.

(V) When these verbs are stressed they are placed before an auxiliary verb or single verb:

  1. He always does quarrel with others.
  2. He rarely has done his homework.
  3. I sometimes do eat meat.
  4. They usually are happy at home.
  5. She already has paid the fees.

(VI) The auxiliaries 'have to ' and 'used to ' are used just before the adverbs:

  1. The workers often have to surrender their freedom.
  2. I always used to follow his advice.
  3. They never have to practice here.

(VII) When an adverb modifies an adjective or another adverb it comes before it:

  1. Truman is a rather intelligent boy .
  2. Yours are usually great ideas.
  3. The secretary is never a sincere worker.

(VIII) The position of the adverb ' enough': It comes after the word it modifies:

  1. He was careless enough to listen. (Modifies the adverb 'careless')
  2. The child danced graceful enough to be selected.
  3. The rope is strong enough to pull them.

Exercises On Adverb:

(I) Place the given adverbs in their correct position:

  1. My brother has left for London.
  2. I will send you.
  3. You have to finish your home work before going to school.
  4. I go for shopping on weekdays.
  5. She has to pick up her child.

(II) Form adverb from the following adjectives and make sentences:

  1. Slow - slowly
  2. Wise - wisely
  3. Heavy - heavily
  4. Possible - possibly
  5. Polite - politely


(I ) Place the given adverbs in their correct position:

  1. My brother has just left for London. (just)
  2. I will send you to the park tomorrow. (tomorrow, to the park).
  3. You always have to finish your home work before going to school. (always)
  4. I seldom go for shopping on weekdays. (seldom)
  5. She usually has to pick up her child at 4.00 pm. (at 4.00 pm, usually)

(II) Form adverb from the following adjectives and make sentences:

  1. Jacob is a slow learner. (adjective)
  2. Jacob is learning slowly. (adverb)
  3. King Solomon was a wise king. (adjective)
  4. King Solomon judged the case wisely. (adverb)
  5. We had a heavy rain yesterday. (adjective)
  6. It rained heavily yesterday. (adverb)
  7. She took all possible measures to finish her project. (adjective)
  8. She took all the measures she could possibly think of. (adverb)
  9. The teacher innovated new methods she could possibly imagine. (adverb)
  10. We expect a polite behaviour from the students. (adjective)
  11. The students sat politely in the class room. (adverb)