The position of adverbs in a sentence

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The position of adverbs in a sentence

Adverbs can be placed:

  • after the verb: subject + verb + adverb

Rüdiger erzählt endlich seine Geschichte.

Rüdiger finally tells his story.

Sigi hilft dir vielleicht.

Sigi will maybe help you.

  • at the start of the sentence: adverb + conjugated verb + subject

Zum Glück haben sie Zeit.

Luckily, they have time.

Vermutlich ist Tim in München.

Tim is probably in Munich.


  • We never place the adverb between the subject and the verb.

Natürlich bleiben wir.

Of course we are staying.

Wir bleiben trotzdem.

However, we are staying.

  • The position of the adverb can vary when it comes after the verb.

Caroline kocht vielleicht.

Maybe Caroline is cooking.

Caroline kocht wahrscheinlich Fleisch.

Caroline is probably cooking meat.

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