Mid-position refers to one of the three positions an adverb can occupy in a clause. Not all adverbs can go in mid-position , but it is the typical position for adverbs of certainty (maybe, obviously, probably); completeness (almost, nearly, quite); indefinite frequency (always, usually, often) and some adverbs of manner (badly, suddenly).
Form[edit | edit source]
With no auxiliary verb[edit | edit source]
With no auxiliary verb, the position depends on . The adverb goes after be but before other main verbs.
To be[edit | edit source]
This goes after be. Examples:
- I am often late
- He was already there.
Not to be[edit | edit source]
With a single main verb other than be, the adverb goes before the main verb:
- I usually go to the park on Saturdays