Adverb Position

Adverbs are one of the integral parts of English grammar. Adverbs belong to one of the four groups of words, namely, verbs, adjectives, and nouns. They act as modifiers that describe a verb, another adverb, an adjective, a sentence, a clause, or a noun phrase.

Three Positions for All Types of Adverbs

The curriculum of the Grade Education Centre includes the study of adverbs, as well as the other parts of the English language. Various types of adverbs are placed in different positions in sentences.

Front Position:

·       Suddenly, a horseman came into the stabling.

·       Maybe, I will go and play basketball.

·       Fortunately, everyone made it in time.

Middle Position:

·       They always do their best.

·       We quickly started to run.

·       She was probably too tired to move on.


·       You negotiate well.

·       He may stay there.

·       They were taking fish quietly.

Further, we will consider in detail the front position of adverb placement.

Adverb: Front Disposition

Please consider that the position of an adverb may depend upon its meaning.

Conjunctive Adverbs

This type of linking adverbs is employed to connect the ideas, for example: besidesfurthermorenextnevertheless, and so on. Note that in some cases, they can be used in the middle position. The adverb ‘however’ can be placed in all three positions.

·       He ran fast. However, he still dropped behind the others.

·       He ran fast; however, he still dropped behind the others.

·       He ran fast. He dropped behind the others, however.

Adverbs of Frequency

For example, alwaysgenerally, normallyseldomusuallyrarelysometimes. These adverbs can be put in any position; the middle position is considered neutral, whereas the front and end positions are accentuated.

·       Sometimes, we have lunch at the café.

·       We have lunch at the café sometimes.

·       We sometimes have lunch at the café.

Adverbs of Certainty

Such adverbs as perhaps and maybe are placed in the front position. Others, such as surelydefinitelycertainly, and probably are, as a rule, placed in the middle part.

·       Perhaps the team will not make it to the playoffs.

Adverbs of Time

This type of adverb can be put in the front position provided the adverb is NOT the core of the matter in the sentence.

·       I will come to the party later.

Adverbs of Place

Normally, these adverbs are placed at the end, but they still can be used in front, especially in literature.

·       Far away from here was a tropical island.

Adverbs of Manner

The examples are loudlyabruptlyquicklysoftly, and beautifully.

·       Suddenly, I realized what you have meant.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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