October 04, 2008


Study the following sentences and take note of the position of the italicized adverbs.


  • That’s usually the best option available in this kind of situation.
  • Peoples usually choose the same option.
  • I always browse Google.com for searching anything under the sun.
  • Fasting during Ramadan often means taking no food from sunrise to sunset.
  • Bill sometimes goes to the mountain side for refreshment. 
  • I am never quite certain about the use of the machine.
  • In the weekend we generally play cricket.
  • Young people still respect the old and offer seat to them in trains.



The adverb Always, Never, Often, Sometimes, Generally, Usually, Still Etc. are usually (But not always) placed after the auxiliary verbs am, is, are, was, were, have, has, had, will, would, shall, should, can, could might, must and ought.  These adverbs also precede the full verbs.  In the above sentences mark the full verbs choose, browse, means, goes, certain, play, respect. 


These Adverbs are also used in the beginning of a sentence. In this way, the above sentences can also be written in the following way.


·        Usually, I get up at six in the morning.

·        Sometimes, I sleep at midnight.

·        Generally, peoples leave their seats, if they see any old people traveling without seats.


While using any such kind of adverbs with ~ly ending in the beginning of a sentence you generally put a comma (,) just after the adverb.


What happened, confused? Don’t worry, your mind is so well organized and programmed to supply the exact positions of such adverbs while writing and speaking.  But one thing is certain unless there is any entry regarding the rules then certainly your mind will generate a vacuum situation and will not generate any result.  In other word speaking first of all, you will have to fill your hard drive so as to get the required result when required.  Got it?  I'm sure you got it.


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