• English Word Order with Adverbs (Video+Exercise)

    Do you have difficulty with word order in English? Here is our second video and exercise to help with this. This time we will practice word order with adverbs, with the general rules and the exceptions.

    Here’s an example of two sentences with adverbs. One of them is incorrect. Watch the video to see which is correct, and more importantly, to learn why.

    Always I go to the gym.

    I always go to the gym. 

    Place the adverbs in the correct part of the sentence. Write your answers in comments and we will correct them. 

    1. We were in New York. (last week)
    2. She waited. (patiently)
    3. My brother goes skiing. (always)
    4. Your bathroom is. (upstairs)
    5. We don’t go swimming. (in winter)
    6. Dogs can hear. (well)
    7. I saw her. (there)
    8. My friend speaks Mandarin. (fluently)
    9. I have heard that song. (never) / (before)

    Ok, that’s it! We hope you enjoyed this exercise. Contact us if you would like to try an English class via Skype.

    • Fabrizzio Scavone

      We were in New York last week
      She patiently waited
      My brother always goes skiing
      Your bathroom is upstairs
      We don’t go swimming in winter
      Dogs can hear well
      I saw her there
      My friend speaks mandarin fluently
      I have never heard tan song before

      • LOIEnglish


        The second sentence: ‘She patiently waited’ or ‘She waited patiently’ is a bit difficult. There isn’t a strong rule about the placement of a modifying adverb. An adverb that answers the question ‘how.’ Patiently is a modifying adverb. It tells us ‘how’ she waited. Normally in this sentence we would use the second option, ‘She waited patiently.’ When the sentence is short, only has one idea, and isn’t a compound sentence we put the adverb after the verb. She waited patiently. If the sentence was longer and conveyed more information: She patiently waited at the train station for her brother to arrive’ in this case both forms are correct.

        Lets look at another example:
        He quietly read. =This sounds a bit strange. It isn’t necessarily incorrect but a bit awkward.
        He read quietly. =This sounds better.
        He quietly read by the fire with a warm cup of coffee in his hand. =This sounds fine because the sentence conveys a lot of information.
        He read quietly by the fire with a small cat curled on his lap. =This also sounds fine.

        Also I think you had a typo in the last sentence. I have never heard THAT song before.

        Thanks for answering.

    • Leopoldo Cerqueira

      we were in new york in last week
      she waited patiently
      My brother always goes skiing
      Your bathroom is upstairs
      Dogs can hear well
      I saw her here
      My friend speaks Mandarin fluently
      I have never heard that song before.

      • LOIEnglish

        Very good! You made one small mistake. In sentence number one: We were in New York last week. You included an extra preposition ‘in.’ We usually don’t use a preposition when we use the adverbial expression ‘last’ for time.
        For example:
        I got married last month.
        Last year was 2011.

        Notice that both the above examples we don’t use a preposition before ‘last’. Also you may notice that we don’t use an article either.

        Another small problem with your answers is your punctuation. Be sure when writing in English that you are punctuating correctly.

        Hope this helps!

    • Sergio Lacerda

      1. We were in New York last week.
      2. She waited patiently.
      3. My brother always goes skiing.
      4. Your bathroom is upstairs.
      5. We don’t go swimming in winter.
      6. Dogs can hear well.
      7. I saw her there.
      8. My friend speaks mandarin fluently.
      9. I never have heard that song before.