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    Places of Adverbs of Manner

    Adverbs of manner usually appear before or after verb phrases. Some of them, such as enough, fast, late, early, hard, well and so on, seem only placed after verbs. I find they are all without -ly.

    Are a
    dverbs of manner without -ly only placed after verbs?
    Is it correct to say He well performed yesterday?

    Can adverbs of manner be placed in the middle of phrase such as look at and pick up?
    I looked happily at him.
    I picked quietly up the pen.
    Are they both correct?

    If a verb doesn't have a direct object, should
    adverbs have to come immediately after the verb?
    He waited patiently for his mom to arrive.(correct)
    He waited for his mom patiently to arrive.
    (?)
    He waited for his mom to arrive patiently.
    (?)

    The town grew quickly after 1997.
    (correct)
    The town quickly grew after 1997.(?)
    The town grew after 1997 quickly.(?)

    Thank you.
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    Re: Places of Adverbs of Manner

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin-Yu Tsai View Post
    Adverbs of manner usually appear before or after verb phrases. Some of them, such as enough, fast, late, early, hard, well and so on, seem only placed after verbs. I find they are all without -ly.

    Are a
    dverbs of manner without -ly only placed after verbs?
    Is it correct to say He well performed yesterday? He performed well yesterday.

    Can adverbs of manner be placed in the middle of phrase such as look at and pick up?
    I looked happily at him. Fine.I picked quietly up the pen. I picked up the pen quietly OR I quietly picked up the pen.
    Are they both correct?

    If a verb doesn't have a direct object, should
    adverbs have to come immediately after the verb?
    He waited patiently for his mom to arrive.(correct) Fine.
    He waited for his mom patiently to arrive.
    (?) He patiently waited for his mom to arrive.
    He waited for his mom to arrive patiently.
    (?) Do you mean that his mom arrived patiently? I don't think so.

    The town grew quickly after 1997.
    (correct) Fine.
    The town quickly grew after 1997.(?) Fine.
    The town grew after 1997 quickly.(?) After 1997, the town grew quickly OR the town quickly grew.

    Thank you.
    Does that help?
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 07-May-2015 at 18:19.
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