Start of a sentence (Initial position)
The adverbs used at the beginning of the sentence are connecting adverbs and time adverbs.
- Life is hard. However, life can be fun. (In this sentence the adverb ‘however’ is connecting two phrases. It’s a connecting adverb)
Some of the connect adverbs are – However, next, Still, consequently…)
- Tomorrow I will visit my mom. ( in this sentence ‘Tomorrow’ is a time adverb and is telling us when you will visit your mom)
Adverbs in middle position of a sentence.
The adverbs that are placed in the middle of a sentence are called ‘focusing adverbs’. They are generally used to modify the second part of a sentence. The adverbs which fall in the middle of a sentence are mostly – adverbs of frequency , adverbs of certainty and adverbs of comment.
- She never forgets to call her sister. (In this sentence the adverb ‘never’ is used as an adverb of frequency)
- I’ll certainly buy a copy of this book. ( In this sentence the adverb ‘certainly’ is the adverb of certainty)
- At the conference she intelligently answered all her critics. ( In this sentence ‘intelligently ‘ is the adverb of comment)
Adverbs at the end of a sentence
The adverbs that are usually placed at the end of a sentence are – Adverbs of manner, Adverbs of place and Adverbs of time
- John does his homework carefully. ( In this sentence ‘carefully’ is the adverb of manner)
- I’m working in the garden outside. ( In this sentence ‘outside’ is the adverb of place)
- Frank likes relaxing at home on weekends. ( In this sentence ‘weekends’ is the adverb of time)
We hope this English grammar lesson has helped you to learn how to place different types of adverbs at various positions in a sentence. Keep practicing and keep learning English.