Quick review: The comparison of adverbs and the position of adverbs in sentences

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There are three forms:
- positive
- comparative
- superlative

A - Comparison with -er/-est

hard - harder - (the) hardest
We use -er/-est with the following adverbs:
1) all adverbs with one syllable

fast faster fastest high higher highest 2) The adverb: early

B - Comparison with more - most

carefully - more carefully - (the) most carefully
adverbs ending on -ly (not: early)
C - Irregular adverbs

well better best
badly worse worst
much more most
little less least
late later last
far farther further farthest

ATTENTION!
In informal English some adverbs are used without -ly (e.g. cheap, loud, quick). There are two forms of comparison possible, depending on the form af the adverb:
cheaply - more cheaply - most cheaply
cheap - cheaper - cheapest

The position of adverbs in sentences

We can put adverbs in different positions in sentences. There are three main positions but also a lot of exceptions.
In English we never put an adverb between the verb and the object.
We often play handball. - CORRECT We play often handball. - WRONG

The three main positions of adverbs in English sentences

1) Adverb at the beginning of a sentence
Unfortunately, we could not see Mount Snowdon.
2) Adverb in the middle of a sentence
The children often ride their bikes.
3) Adverb at the end of a sentence
Andy reads a comic every afternoon.
More than one adverb at the end of a sentence

If there are more adverbs at the end of a sentence, the word order is normally:
Manner- Place - Time
Peter sang the song happily in the bathroom yesterday evening.
 
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