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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.

2   Adverbs with adjectives and adverbs

  • The adverb normally goes BEFORE any adjective or adverb it is used with.
un sombrero muy bonitoa very nice hat
hablar demasiado altoto talk too loudly
Key points
  • 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.

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