Placement of the Adverb
Adverbs generally follow the verb they modify. In compound tenses long
adverbs often follow the past participle. Short adverbs and certain very
common adverbs (probablement probably,
peut-être maybe, gentiment gently,
etc.) generally go between the auxiliary and the participle:
Adverbs of time or place generally go after the verb (or the past participle,
if there is one). They also appear at the beginning or end of sentences:
Il écrit mal.
He writes poorly.
Elle a bien prononcé ce mot.
She pronounced that word well.
Nous allons probablement passer l'été en Corse.
We are probably going to spend the summer in
Joseph a travaillé diligemment.
Joseph worked diligently.
Je l'ai vue hier.
I saw her yesterday.
Aujourd'hui nous allons à la plage.
Today we're going to the beach.
Elle s'est couchée très tôt.
She went to bed very early.
See also Adverb (formation,
degree of comparison etc.), Interrogative
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