End position adverbs

December 27, 2011pdf

Adverbs of manner, place and time most often go in end-position.

She walked slowly.

The children are playing in the garden.

I saw him in the morning.

Some sentences are incomplete without adverb complements. For example, a sentence that contains the verb put, go or last may not make sense unless we say where something is put, where somebody goes or how long something lasts.

These essential adverb complements usually go in end position. If there are other adverbs they go before those adverbs.

Put the milk in the fridge at once. (NOT Put the milk at once in the fridge.)

Adverb complements of place usually go before other adverbs.

I went to the market in the morning. (NOT I went in the morning to the market.)

She danced really well last night. (NOT She danced last night really well.)

Longer adverb phrases usually go in end-position.

He got dressed in a hurry. (NOT He in a hurry got dressed.)

Adverbs in the end position usually come in the order manner, place, time.

She danced beautifully in the town hall yesterday. (NOT She danced yesterday beautifully in the town hall.)

I studied hard yesterday. (NOT I studied yesterday hard.)

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