单元 19: I'm really sorry...
- 1 Pop-ups
- 2 Hidden talents
- 3 Can't buy me love
- 4 Travellers' tales
- 5 The colleague from hell
- 6 Jurassic mystery: unpacking the past
- 7 Career changes
- 8 Art
- 9 Project management
- 10 The dog ate my homework!
- 11 The diary of a double agent
- 12 Fashion forward
- 13 Flat pack skyscrapers
- 14 Extreme sports
- 15 Food fads
- 16 Me, my selfie and I
- 17 Endangered animals
- 18 A nip and a tuck: cosmetic surgery
- 19 I'm really sorry...
- 20 Telling stories
- 21 Fakes and phrasals
- 22 Looking to the future
- 23 Becoming familiar with things
- 24 From rags to riches
- 25 Against the odds
- 26 Our future on Mars?
- 27 Where is it illegal to get a fish drunk?
- 28 Dodgy dating
- 29 Annoying advice
- 30 I'll have been studying English for thirty weeks
Adverb position 2
Meaning and use
Adverbs are words and phrases that we use to give more information about verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. They answer questions such as where? when? how? how often?
He calmly picked up his coat and left.
She regularly brings her own lunch to work.
I haven’t seen my brother in a while.
She drives a dark black sports car
They deliver very quickly.
There are many different adverbs. There is no particular form that identifies a word as an adverb. Some adjectives can be turned in to adverbs by adding –ly.
It was a slow journey. (adjective)
She drove slowly. (adverb)
-ly adjectives are sometimes referred to as adverbs of manner. They describe the way someone does something. Note though that not all words that end in –ly are adverbs, not all adverbs of manner end in -ly and not all adjectives can made into adverbs this way.
Adverbs can be a single word or a group of words.
I really like it here.
We arrived the day before yesterday.
Take note: Adverb position with adjectives
When an adverb is used to talk about an adjective, put the adverb before the adjective.
We’re so glad you came.
I’ve had a very good day today.
I’d say his car was a dark blue.
Take note: Adverb position with other adverbs
When an adverb is used to talk about another adverb, put the adverb before the adverb to be modified.
You drove incredibly dangerously.
Take note: Adverb position with verbs
When adverbs are used to modify a verb, generally they can be placed before the subject, before the main verb or after the direct object or complement of the verb.
Usually I try to get there early.
I usually try to get there early
I try to get there early usually.
You can put many adverbs in any of these positions depending on context or style. There are some general guides though that you can follow as we tend to use some adverbs in particular positions.
For more information about the position of adverbs with verbs see Now, where did I put that adverb?
Take note: Adverbs of indefinite frequency and degree adverbs
These are frequently used in the second position. Some examples of these adverbs are: always, never, hardly ever, often, rarely, regularly, seldom, almost, hardly, nearly, quite, scarcely
I will always love you.
I had never seen anything like it.
Take note: Adverbs of place and adverbs of definite time and frequency
These usually go in the third position. Some examples of these adverbs are: downstairs, over there, on the table, last week, daily
I ride my bike daily.
Take note: adverbial phrases of time or frequency
Use these adverbs in the first or third positions, but not the second. Some examples of these adverbials are: from time to time, as a rule, every so often
From time to time I buy things online.
I buy things online from time to time.
Take note: Really
The meaning of the adverb really can change depending on its position. Before an adjective it has a meaning similar to very.
When we lost the match I was really disappointed.
In other positions it has the meaning of actually or in fact, truly.
I really do want to go - I wasn’t joking.
Take note: Yet
Yet usually goes in the third position in negatives and questions.
Have they arrived yet?