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    Smile Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    We normally use adverbs of frecuency;
    1.after the 'be' verb
    2.before the main verb.

    The first thing I want to know,
    what's the main verb of this sentence?
    'It is raining in Japan.'
    Then where do we have to place the adverb 'always' in this sentence?

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    Default Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    *Not a teacher

    It is always raining in Japan.

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    Default Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    Quote Originally Posted by thushanthiw View Post
    We normally use adverbs of frecuency;
    1.after the 'be' verb
    2.before the main verb.

    The first thing I want to know,
    what's the main verb of this sentence?
    'It is raining in Japan.'
    Then where do we have to place the adverb 'always' in this sentence?
    SirGod is quite right. The adverb goes after 'is' because it is the third-person form of the verb 'to be'.

    The only verb in the sentence is 'is'. In this sentence 'raining' is a gerund - a verb used as a noun.

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    Default Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    Quote Originally Posted by minnieuk View Post
    SirGod is quite right. The adverb goes after 'is' because it is the third-person form of the verb 'to be'.

    The only verb in the sentence is 'is'. In this sentence 'raining' is a gerund - a verb used as a noun.
    'raining' is an ing-form, but it is not is not a gerund. The' main verb' in the sense of 'full' or 'lexical' verb is RAIN. The auxiliary verb used in the construction of the progressive form of RAIN is BE. BE, in the form is, is the finite verb in this sentence.

    Adverbs of frequency normally follow BE, whether it is is used as an auxiliary or a full verb. They also follow normally follow DO and HAVE when these verbs are used as auxiliaries, and the modal auxiliaries.

    Adverbs of frequency normally precede the full verb.

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    Smile Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    Can you help me to find what's the main verb in this sentence?
    Is 'raining' the main verb in this sentence?

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    Default Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    Quote Originally Posted by thushanthiw View Post
    Can you help me to find what's the main verb in this sentence?
    Is 'raining' the main verb in this sentence?
    Your question was answered by fivejedjon above.

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    Default Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    In any tense or aspect construction there is a full/lexical verb, the one that carries the meaning of the prrocess, event, sction or state. This is often called the main verb. The othe verbs, the ones that help to construct the tense, aspect or mood are often called auxiliary verbs. In the examples below, the main verb is underlined, auciliary verbs are italicised

    It rains every day in winter.
    It doesn't often rain every day in summer.
    It is raining now.
    It has rained every day this week.
    It has been raining since Sunday.
    By Saturday, it will have been raining for three weeks.

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    Default Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    Quote Originally Posted by minnieuk View Post
    The only [auxiliary] verb in the sentence is 'is'. In this sentence 'raining' is a gerund - a verb used as a noun.
    One other thing about gerunds: they sit in the subject or object position within a sentence. In our example sentence (It is raining in Japan), the word raining does not sit in one of those positions, which means it cannot be a gerund. In addition, the auxiliary verb 'is' takes either a complement (e.g., adjective It is good, noun It is a house, adverb It is downstairs) or a participle (e.g., past It is eaten, present It is eating), which means raining in It is raining is a participle, a present participle.

    Hope that helps.

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    Smile Re: Using adverbs of frecuency at the right possition

    It's very kind of you.Indeed it helped me my learning process.I wish you good luck.
    fivejedjon you have taken much trouble to help me.That definition which was given by you gave me the full answer and now I have a clear idea about the main verb of a sentence.Thanks a lot.
    Soup you too have helped me alot.Thanks a lot for your kindness.
    Once again I thank you all.

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