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Adverbs | Les adverbes
Commonly Used Adverbs | Les adverbes communs
An adverb is an invariable word (neither masculine nor feminine) that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
In French, many adverbs are formed by adding “ment” which is the equivalent of “ly” in English.
Pierre-Oh est certainement une mascotte drôle.
Pierre-Oh is certainly a funny mascot.
An adverb is normally placed after the verb.
Il est encore à l’école.
He is still at school.
If an adverb pertains to the entire sentence, the adverb may be placed at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.
Maintenant que tu as tes outils, tu peux travailler.
Now that you have your tools, you can work.
Elle a mangé son repas debout.
She ate her meal standing.
However, when a compound verb is used, often the adverb is placed after the auxiliary and before the past participle.
Pierre-Oh a trop mangé de pizza parce qu’il avait très faim.
Pierre-Oh ate too much pizza because he was very hungry.
Adverbs of time and place are placed after the past participle.
Pierre-Oh c’est levé tard ce matin.
Pierre-Oh woke up late this morning.
Except for: toujours, souvent, enfin, encore, déjà, jamais.
These adverbs are placed after the auxiliary and before the past participle.
J'ai déjà vu ce film.
I already saw that movie.
But, if the adverb is long, it is preferably placed after the verb, even if it is a compound verb.
Nous avons vu dernièrement un bon film.
We have recently seen a good movie.