Today’s topic is the order of adverbs.
An adverb is a word that gives more information about a verb, an adjective, another adverb, or even an entire sentence. It can be one word or an adverbial phrase:
- Emma loved her son deeply.
- Emma loved her son with all her heart.
how an action is done (adverbs of manner):
- She pushed him gently.
- Karen not only sang and danced beautifully but also looked absolutely gorgeous.
where (adverbs of place):
- Will and Mary saw a famous football player at the cinema last night.
- We’re meeting our friends at the Red Lion tomorrow.
when (adverbs of time):
- Sara s meeting her friend at the cafeteria at 7 o’clock.
- Tom and Sandra arranged to set off early tomorrow.
If there is more than one adverb, their order is usually like this:
MANNER – PLACE – TIME
- The New York Knicks played marvellously in Boston last night.
- The children were having a great time in the park yesterday morning.
Sometimes we place the adverb at the beginning of the sentence before the subject:
- Yesterday, it was raining all day.
- Sometimes, I like to have my tea in the evening.
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