WORD ORDER

Yesterday Nick   bought a pair of skies   in Innsbruck.  
In Innsbruck Nick   bought a pair of skies     yesterday.
  He   bought a pair of skies      
  He   practiced   hard on a ski slope yesterday.
In the morning he always has lessons   on a ski slope  
After dinner he usually meets a friend   at the bar  
               
Adverb of place, time Subject Adverb of indefinite time Predicate (verb) Object Adverb of manner Adverb of place Adverb of time
               
NOTE: If there are two adverbs of time the more precise one is first!
Example: He is going to have a skiing lesson at 10 a.m. on Monday.

 

NOTE: A verb sometimes consists of two or more words! Then the adverb of indefinite time has to be put between them:
         
  verb 1 adverb verb 2    
I can never remember his name.  
Ann doesn't usually smoke    
  Are you definitely going to the party?  
Your car has probably been stolen  
He has never tried skiing  
         
NOTE: Adverbs of indefinite time go before have to!
Example: We always have to wait a long time for the bus.
NOTE: Adverbs of indefinite time go after am, is, are, was or were!
Example: You are never on time.

 

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