EN: easily - adverb placement

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by MystO'Griff, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. MystO'Griff

    MystO'Griff Member

    Hi everybody !

    Would you be kind enough to tell me about the correct place of the adverb "easily" in the following sentence.
    - Ils ont gagné le match facilement
    1 - They won/have won the match easily.
    2 - They easily won/have won the match.

    Generally speaking, I know that an adverb of manner is placed after the verb, but I could see some exceptions !!!!

    Many thanks in advance :)
  2. Avignonais Senior Member

    USA, Anglophone
    They won the match easily and They easily won the match are both good.

    They have won the match doesn't make sense with easily, so I am going to try a different adverb.

    They have recently won a match and The have won a match recently. Both sound OK
  3. nannis2001 Senior Member

    Arabic - French - English
    whatever the adverb is , it is placed befor the verb or after the auxiliary in the affirmative sentence.

    they easily won....
    they have easily won....
  4. jann

    jann co-mod'

    English - USA
    These sentences are correct, Nannis2001.... but the following versions are just as correct:

    they won easily...
    they have won easily...

    Furthermore, we must place single-syllable adverbs AFTER the verb, not before:
    they dance well [never "they well dance" :cross:]
    they danced well
    they have danced well

    In short, it is hard to make a broad generalization about the place of the adverb. :)

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