The Position of adverbs and adverbial phrases

Adverbs can describe an action or modify adjectives or other adverbs. They can be one word or a phrase.

  • Adverbs of manner describe how somebody does something. They usually go after the verb or verb phrase, however, with passive verbs they usually go in mid-position (before the main verb but after an auxiliary verb).

He walks very slowly

I speak French fluently

The driver was seriously injured in the accident

  • Adverbs of frequency go before the main verb but after the verb to be. 

I usually drink tap water

She´s always late for work

Sometimes, usually and normally can also be put at the beginning of the phrase.

  • Adverbs of time and place usually go at the end of a sentence. Place adverbs go before time adverbs.

I will be there in ten minutes

  • Adverbs of degree describe how much something is done, or modify an adjective.
    • extremely, incredibly, very ... are used with adjectives and adverbs and go before them
    • a lot and much are often used with verbs and go after the verb or verb phrase
    • a little, a bit can be used with adjectives or verbs.
  • Comment adverbs usually go at the beginning of a sentence (Fortunately, apparently, basically, eventually...).