Mid-position

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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).[1]

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.
  • etc

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

With 2 auxiliary verbs[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage Oxford University Press 1980 ISBN 0-19-431197 x