Placing the adverbs in a sentence.

Mother and her child were sitting in their house quietly.

Suddenly, a girl started knocking the door loudly. The tyre of her car got punctured and her phone was also not working.

She asked them for help as she had to reach home quickly. Then, she called her father to reach there.

Highlighted words in the passage are called adverbs.

Let us see what an adverb is.

Adverbs are the words that describes or give more information about the verb used in the sentence.

We will take a few examples to understand adverbs.

Singing is the ‘verb’. Loudly is describing how she is singing the song. Hence, loudly is the adverb.

Similarly, play is the verb here and where to go and play ‘outside’. So, outside is the adverb.

An adverb should be placed close to the verb. It can be placed in the beginning of the sentence, in the middle or at the end.

Never place adverb between verb and object.

Quickly, we will see few examples.

Here, often is the adverb placed in the middle of the sentence. It is describing the verb play. Cricket is the object.

Placing the adverb between the verb and object is wrong.

In this sentence, adverb ‘hurriedly’ is placed at the end. It should not be placed between the verb ‘coming’ and object ‘him’.

Adverbs describe a verb in many aspects.

These aspects are:-

We will see each of these aspects. Let’s begin with ‘how an action occurs’’

‘How an action occurs’ are the ‘Adverbs of manner’. It depicts how an action is being performed.

These adverbs come after the direct object or after the verb in case there is no direct object.

Examples of Adverbs of manners are nicely, beautifully, efficiently, slowly, carefully

‘How did’ Doremon perform his action? Answer is ’efficiently’, the adverb, placed after the direct object ‘Nobita’.

How does he write? Answer is beautifully, after the verb writes.

Moving onto Adverbs of place: Where the action is performed.

These adverbs are also placed after direct objects or after verbs in case there is no direct object. Examples of Adverbs of place are here, there, behind, above etc.

‘there’ is depicting the place where the person is being requested to move, which is a verb.

Next is adverb of time: When the action is performed.

The adverbs of time are usually placed at the end of the sentence. They may be used in the beginning as well.

Examples of such adverbs are: recently, now, then, tomorrow, yesterday

‘When’ did he finish watching the season? Answer is yesterday.

‘When’ did he come to know about the event? Answer is recently.

Then is the adverb of frequency: how often is the action performed.

These adverbs are placed before the main verb of the sentence. Examples of such adverbs are: often, rarely, sometimes, never, seldom, always, ever etc.

Rarely and seldom can be used at the end of the sentence. Sometimes, Occasionally, frequently may be used at the beginning or at the end.

What is the frequency of meeting the aunt? Sometimes, used in the beginning of the sentence.

The verb is get. What is the frequency of getting up late? Usually. The adverb, usually, is used before the verb.

Now we will see what adverb of duration is.

Adverb of duration tells for how long something happened. Examples of such adverbs are: long, shortly, permanently, temporarily, still, yet

They can be placed in the middle or at the end of sentence.

For how long was the phone out of service? Answer is temporarily.

There might be times when you need to use more than one adverb in a sentence.

We follow a particular order of adverbs in such cases. We will see what this order is.

The order of more than 1 adverbs in a sentence should be: Manner Place Frequency Time

It would be unusual to use all five adverbs in the same sentence. We could use two or three at a time.

Here is an example.

Here, manner is followed by place and frequency adverbs.

We may change this order if we want to put emphasis on any part of our sentence.

Like here, we have used adverb of time before the adverb of manner to stress upon ‘always’.

Time for a quick recap

Adverbs are the words that describes or give more information about the verb used in the sentence.

The aspects in which adverb describes a verb are:

The order of more than one adverbs in a sentence should be: Manner Place Frequency Time

The End!