Position of adverbs in English sentences

1. The position of adverbs in sentences

We can put adverbs in different positions in sentences. There are three main positions but also a lot of exceptions.

In English we never put an adverb between the verb and the object.

correct: → We often play handball.

incorrect: → We play often handball.

2. The three main positions of adverbs in English sentences

2.1. Adverb at the beginning of a sentence

Unfortunately, we could not see Mount Snowdon.

2.2. Adverb in the middle of a sentence

The children often ride their bikes.

2.3. Adverb at the end of a sentence

Andy reads a comic every afternoon.

3. More than one adverb at the end of a sentence

If there are more adverbs at the end of a sentence, the word order is normally:


Peter sang the song happily in the bathroom yesterday evening.