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Position of adverbs

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Richard is an actor. This is what he said about his profession:

I'm 35 years old now and I’ve been acting all my life. It's a very exciting profession. The theatre is a magical place and I could spend the whole day there. Before a performance I’m always excited so I walk nervously up and down the corridor outside my dressing room. Then I stand near the stage waiting to walk on. When I start acting the nerves disappear and I am in another world. Yesterday we had a great show and the audience clapped loudly for thirty minutes. I love acting very much and I hope I never stop.

The adverbs that Richard uses are:

Adverbs of time, (they answer the question when):
I'm 35 years old now. Then I stand near the stage... When I start acting... Yesterday we had...
These normally go in the front or end position.

Adverbs of place, (they answer the question where):
I could spend the whole day there.
These normally go in the end position.

Adverbs of frequency, (they answer the question how many times):
I’m always excited... I hope I never stop.
These normally go in front of the main verb. (after the auxiliary verbs)

Adverbs of manner, (they answer the question how):
I walk nervously... the audience clapped loudly...
These normally go after the main verb or in the end position.

We don’t usually separate a verb from its direct object so:
I love acting very much. NOT I love very much acting

Lesson by Tristan

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