Position of adverbs - Easy Learning Grammar Spanish
1 Adverbs with verbs
- In English, adverbs can come in various places in a sentence, at the beginning, in the middle or at the end.
|I’m never coming back.|
|See you soon!|
|Suddenly, the phone rang.|
|I’d really like to come.|
- In Spanish, the adverb can usually go at the beginning or end of the sentence, but also immediately AFTER the verb or BEFORE it for emphasis.
|No conocemos todavía al nuevo médico.||We still haven’t met the new doctor.|
|Todavía estoy esperando.||I’m still waiting.|
|Siempre le regalaban flores.||They always gave her flowers.|
- When the adverb goes with a verb in the perfect tense or in the pluperfect, you can NEVER put the adverb between haber and the past participle.
|Lo he hecho ya.||I’ve already done it.|
|No ha estado nunca en Italia.||She’s never been to Italy.|
- For more information on the Perfect tense, see The perfect tense.
2 Adverbs with adjectives and adverbs
- The adverb normally goes BEFORE any adjective or adverb it is used with.
|un sombrero muy bonito||a very nice hat|
|hablar demasiado alto||to talk too loudly|
- Adverbs can go at the beginning or end of a sentence.
- Adverbs can go immediately after verbs or before them for emphasis.
- You can never separate haber, he, ha and so on from the following past participle (the -ado/-ido form of regular verbs).
- Adverbs generally come just before an adjective or another adverb.