Some adverbs (for example, always, also, probably) go with the verb in the middle of a sentence:
* Helen always drives to work.
* We were feeling very tired and we were also hungry.
* The concert will probably be cancelled.
Study these rules for the position of adverbs in the middle of a sentence. (They are only general rules, so there are exceptions.)
(1) If the verb is one word (drives/fell/cooked etc.), the adverb goes before the verb:
*Helen always (adverb) drives (verb) to work.
*I almost (adverb) fell (verb) as I was going down the stairs.
- I cleaned the house and also cooked the dinner. (not cooked also)
- Lucy hardly ever watches television and rarely reads newspapers.
- 'Shall I give you my address?' 'No, I already have it.'
Note that these adverbs (always/often/also etc.) go before have to....:
- Joe never phones me. I always have to phone him. (not I have always to phone)
(2) But adverbs go after am/is/was/were:
-We were feeling very tired and we were also hungry.
-Why are you always late? You're never on time.
-The traffic isn't usually as bad as it was this morning.
(3) If the verb is two or more words (for example, can remember/doesn't eat/will be cancelled), the adverb usually goes after the first verb (can/doesn't/will etc.):
*Clare can (verb 1) never (adverb) remember (verb 2) her name.
*Clare doesn't (verb 1) often (adverb) eat (verb 2) meat.
*The concert will (verb 1) probably (adverb) be (verb 2) cancelled.
-You have always been very kind to me.
-Jack can't cook. He can't even boil an egg.
-Do you still work for the same company?
-The house was only built a year ago and it's already falling down.
Note that probably goes before a negative (isn't/won't etc.) So we say:
-I probably won't see you or I will probably not see you. (not I won't probably)
We also use all and both in these positions:
-We all felt ill after the meal. (not we felt all ill)
-My parents are both teachers. (not my parents both are teachers)
-Sarah and Jane have both applied for the job.
-We are going out this evening.
Sometimes we use is/will/did etc. instead of repeating part of a sentence (see Unit 51). Note the position of always/never etc. in these sentences.
-He always says he won't be late, but he always is (=he is always late)
-I've never done it and I never will. (=I will never do it)
We normally put always/never etc. before the verb in sentences like these.