How to Position French Adverbs [+13 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to position French adverbs.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to position French adverbs in simple tenses
  • how to position French adverbs in compound tenses
  • how adverbs are used in French sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to position French adverbs
  • the way to download Anki files for how to position French adverbs

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French A2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say others in French!

Table of Contents

How to Position French Adverbs in Simple Tenses

In simple tenses, French adverbs are placed after the verb.

Je mange vite.

I eat quickly.

Tu parles fort.

You talk loudly.

Il danse bien.

He dances well.

Elles pleurent facilement.

They cry easily.

How to Position French Adverbs in Compound Tenses

In this chapter you will learn how to position French adverbs in compound tenses.

We will look at the following three cases:

  • common (short) adverbs
  • certain adverbs of time
  • adverbs of place and certain adverbs of time

Let’s get started!

Common Short Adverbs

assezquite/enough
bienwell
beaucoupa lot
bientôtsoon
déjaalready
encorestill
enfinfinally
jamaisnever
malbadly
mieuxbetter
moinsless
souventoften
toujoursalways
troptoo much
vitequickly

Common (short) adverbs are placed in the following manner:

  • auxiliary verb + adverb + past participle

Je l’ai toujours aimée.

I always liked her.

I always loved her.

Tu as bien chanté.

You sang wel.

Il m’a enfin appelé.

He finally called me.

As you can see, the adverb is between the auxiliary verb and the past participle.

Certain Adverbs of Time and Manner

aprèsafter
aujourd’huitoday
autrefoisformerly
hieryesterday
….ment

Certain adverbs of time and manner, and some adverbs that end in -ment are placed:

  • either at the start of a sentence
  • or at the end of of a sentence

Hier, je suis allé à Lyon.

Yesterday I went to Lyon.

Je suis allé à Lyon hier.

I went to Lyon yesterday.

Il a bu rapidement.

He drank quickly.

Rapidement, il a bu.

Quickly, he drank .

As you can see, the adverbs are placed either at the beginning, or at the end of the sentence.

Adverbs of Place and Certain Adverbs of Time

icihere
dehorsoutside
there
quelque partsomewhere
partouteverywhere
tardlate
tôtearly
…ment

Adverbs of place, certain adverbs of time, and some adverbs that end in -ment are placed in the following way:

  • auxiliary verb + past participle + adverb

Nous sommes partis tôt.

We left early.

Sommes-nous partis tard ?

Did we leave late?

The adverb is positioned at the end of the sentence.

Sentences Overview of How to Position French Adverbs

The final section of this lesson on how position French adverbs is about seeing the terms in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to position French adverbs through examples.

Here you can find all of the sentences used in the previous chapters, neatly organised in one place.

Je mange vite.

I eat quickly.

Tu parles fort.

You talk loudly.

Il danse bien.

He dances well.

Elles pleurent facilement.

They cry easily.

Je l’ai toujours aimée.

I always liked her.

Tu as bien chanté.

You sang wel.

Il m’a enfin appelé.

He finally called me.

Hier, je suis allé à Lyon.

Yesterday I went to Lyon.

Je suis allé à Lyon hier.

I went to Lyon yesterday.

Il a bu rapidement.

He drank quickly.

Rapidement, il a bu.

Quickly, he drank .

Nous sommes partis tôt.

We left early.

Sommes-nous partis tard ?

Did we leave late?

Quiz Yourself on How to Position French Adverbs

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Position French Adverbs

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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