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    Does adverb come before the verb or after the verb?


    The seamstress quickly made the mourning clothes. – “here quickly is before the verb
    The midwives waited patiently through a long labour. – “Here patiently is after the verb

    What is the grammar rule on this?

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    Default Re: Does adverb come before the verb or after the verb

    Quote Originally Posted by english_learn View Post
    Does adverb come before the verb or after the verb?


    The seamstress quickly made the mourning clothes. – “here quickly is before the verb

    The midwives waited patiently through a long labour. – “Here patiently is after the verb


    What is the grammar rule on this?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) What a great question!!!

    (2) The first poster gave us a fantastic variety of links to explore, didn't he!!!

    (3) Just to share with you what at least a few teachers feel:

    (a) Quickly, the seamtress made the mourning clothes.

    (b) The seamstress quickly made the mourning clothes.

    (c) The seamstress made the mourning clothes quickly.

    (4) Many teachers and books say that (a), (b), and (c) mean the

    same. Those "few" teachers I mentioned earlier say that (a) and

    (b) mean the same but that (c) may more clearly show the importance

    of the word "quickly" to the meaning of your sentence. In other

    words (if I understand it correctly), the adverb in (a) and (b) are

    modifiers. But the adverb in (c) is almost a complement -- that is,

    it "completes" the meaning of what you are wishing to express. Maybe

    if you deleted (erased) "quickly" in (a) and (b), it would not make

    a big difference, but if you deleted "quickly" in (c), the sentence

    would not "completely" give the meaning that you want it to.

    (5) This theory is described in Making Sense of Grammar by Mr. John

    Clark Jordan (New York: Teachers College Press, 1980, pp. 19 - 20).


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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