Position of Time Expressions in a Sentence

Position of Adverbs of Time

1. Adverbs of time are usually put at the end of the sentence.

    subject – verb – indirect object – direct object – time

    • I will tell  you the story tomorrow.

    • She has an appointment with the doctor next Tuesday.

2. If you don’t want to put emphasis on the time, you can also put the adverb of time at the beginning of the sentence.

    time – subject – verb – indirect object – direct object

    • Tomorrow I will tell you the story.

    • Later she ate the porridge.

3. Note that some time expressions are adverbs of frequency (always, never, usually, often, etc.). These are usually put before the main verb (except for ‘be’ as a main verb).

    subject – auxiliary/be – adverb – main verb – object, place or time

    • I often go swimming in the evenings.

    • He doesn’t always play tennis.

    • We  are usually here in summer.

    • I have never been abroad.

4. If you need to use more than one adverb of time in a sentence, use them in this order:

    how longhow often when

    • I work for five hours every day.

    • The magazine was published weekly last year.

    • I was abroad for two months last year.

    • She worked in a hospital for two days every week last year.

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