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Word Order

Yesterday Nick   bought a pair of skis   in Innsbruck.  
In Innsbruck Nick   bought a pair of skis     yesterday.
  He   bought a pair of skis   in Innsbruck yesterday.
  He   practiced   hard on a ski slope last week.
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. But in questions the adverb is put after the subject.
Example: You are never on time. Are they always on holidays in July?

 


EXERCISES

Word Order - Exercises