Position of Adverbs (Adverbs part II)

If you don’t know what is adverb definition? you must learn the basics first about what is adverb with examples so that you can identify these words easily and use them too.  In this part, you will learn the adverbs’ positions and the interrogative adverbs.

Types of Adverbs

        1.    Simple/ Interrogative adverbs

        2.    Interrogative adverbs

        3.    Relative adverbs

Position of Adverbs

Although an adverb can be used anywhere in a sentence yet it is generally used nearby the word it modifies. Let’s look at some examples for further assistance.

Only she likes chocolates.

She only likes chocolates.

She likes only chocolates.

She likes chocolates only.

In the above sentences, only the adverb has modified all the parts of this sentence individually and is used nearby the word that it has affected.

At the beginning

Interrogative adverbs: Let’s learn the interrogative adverbs along with the positions of adverbs with detailed examples. These adverbs are used to make questions to a person to get the answers.

An interrogative adverb is always used at the start of a sentence.

        1.    When will you be free?    

        2.    Why do you fear from English?

        3.    Where did you go for the interview?

        4.    How are you feeling these days?

        5.    How long will you be working in this company?

Simple adverbs: Here are some adverbs that are always used in the beginning to modify the whole sentence.

        1.    Probably my students are determined to prepare for the test.

        2.    Finally the committee has decided to impose a huge fine for the intruders.

Here are some general adverbs to be used at first for the whole student.

Amazingly, Enough, Generally, Briefly, Externally, Finally, Personally, Fortunately, Normally, Sadly, Happily, Strangely, Enough, Superficially, Surprisingly, Hardly, Rarely, Seldom, Practically, Exactly, Honestly, Legally, etc.


Emphasizing sentence: To make the sentences emphasizing an adverb is used in the starting of a sentence. It may seem incorrect at first glance, but mark my words it is completely correct.

Here are a few emphasizing adverbs which are most commonly used.

Seldom, Hardly, Scarcely, Here, There, No Sooner etc.

        1.    Hardly would I control myself when she is seen off.

        2.    Seldom does he get a chance to enjoy his life for a few while.

        3.    Scarcely did she agree to the relationship when her father found a perfect one for her.

        4.   No sooner had Rahul started living happily than he lost his job.

        5.   Here comes the most intelligent person for a morning walk. 


In The Middle

Some adverbs are only used in the middle of a sentence.

Adverbs of time: some adverbs of time are used before an action verb to represent it.

These are (always, never, even, often, sometimes, rarely, seldom, etc.)

        1.    People never reveal their secrets to everyone.

        2.    I sometimes question why I am suffering from difficulties.

        3.    The barking dogs seldom bite.

        4.    He often calls me in the evening.

Just after the bold words are the action verbs in the above sentences as per the adverbs rules.

Between an auxiliary verb and an action verb:- when there is an auxiliary verb and an action verb both are present in a sentence, the adverb always comes between them. Let’s look at the adverb examples.

        1.    I don’t even know what her name is.

        2.    Her remarkable presentation about nouns and types was largely praised by everybody in the meeting.

        3.    They didn’t ever try to contact me.

        4.    People of this world don’t really care about the environment or global warming.


Primary Auxiliary verbs:- when there are only primary auxiliaries available in the sentences without any action verbs, the adverbs are used just after it.

        1.    She is always despondent if I don’t talk to her.

        2.    When my friends are already with me, I don’t need anyone else.

        3.    They were punished by the teacher for not being guilty.

        4.    They were very rarely out of my sight in Delhi.

At the End

You have learned that the adverbs are used either at the beginning or in the middle but now you will learn how the adverbs are used at the end with adverb example sentences.


With an intransitive verb: Generally the adverbs are used at the end of a sentence when an intransitive verb is modified with an adverb.

1.    She doesn’t need any assistance she is strong enough.

2.    Yesterday we celebrated Kamal’s birthday joyfully.

3.    The rank holder IAS officer answered all the questions wisely.

4.    People don’t take the importance of time seriously.

With a transitive verb: when adverbs are required to be used with a transitive verb, it always comes after an object. (transitive verbs, are the verbs that always require an object to give a complete meaning)

1.    The teacher answered the students’ questions correctly.

2.    The specially-abled people cross the road carefully.

3.    My boss gave me a treat proudly.

4.    My friend help me selflessly.

5.    I do not like to take holidays unnecessarily.

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