The Position of the Adverb in a Sentence

 

ALWAYS

 

1) Always usually comes before a main verb:

I always travel with my friend.

She always brings me flowers when she comes to visit.

 

2) Always usually comes after the verb ‘be’:

 He was always very intelligent.

I am always busy on Mondays

 

3) Always usually comes after the auxiliary:

I don`t always have lunch in the morning.

 

4) Always goes between a modal and the main verb.:

I can always hear my neighbour’s TV.

 

USUALLY

 

1) Usually can come before the main verb or at the start of the sentence:

She usually takes the bus.

Usually she takes the bus.

Janet usually wears jeans to work.

 

2) Usually normally comes after ‘be’:

She is usually late.

It isn`t usually cold in April.

 

3) Usually usually comes after the auxiliary:

I don’t usually come here.

 

4) Usually goes between a modal and the main verb:

You can usually buy tickets for rock concerts on the Internet.

 

SELDOM (RARELY)

 

Seldom sounds rather literary and is used especially in written English. In everyday English, people usually say rarely.

 

1) Rarely (seldom) usually comes before a main verb:

 He rarely (seldom) plays any sports.

Alan rarely (seldom) talked about his own work.

I rarely (seldom) see her these days.

 

 2) Rarely(seldom) usually comes after the verb ‘be’:

 She is rarely (seldom)wrong.

My mother is rarely (seldom) at home on Saturdays

She was seldom late for work.

 

3) Rarely (seldom) usually comes after the auxiliary:

I have seldom met such a friendly girl.

 

4) Rarely (seldom) goes between a modal and the main verb:

They can seldom have the same opinion.

Exercise:

Fill in always, usually or seldom (rarely). Think in a logical way. Several variants are possible.

  1. I get up at seven o`clock.
  2. I am hungry.
  3. He was hungry.
  4. He eats porridge for breakfast.
  5. Mary is late for class.
  6. Paul forgets his pen
  7. They are ill in autumn.
  8. He isn`t at home in the morning.
  9. My friend isn`t busy on Thursdays.
  10. We don`t sell our apples.
  11. You have breakfast at 8.
  12. Andy can go to the seaside.
  13. Bob is cold in winter.
  14. They can walk the dog in the park.

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