Placement – Exercises

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Exercise

Is the adverb in the right or wrong spot? (For incorrect sentences, you will see the solution when you click “show answer” and then hover over the speech bubble.)

  1. Nous avons aidé notre enfant hier à faire ses devoirs.
    Hier nous avons aidé notre enfant à faire ses devoirs.|Nous avons aidé notre enfant à faire ses devoirs hier.|[Yesterday, we helped our child with his/her homework.]|Adverbs that refer to an entire sentence usually come at the beginning or end of the sentence, and only very rarely at the end of the sentence.
  2. Il n’a jamais pris l’avion.
    [He’s never flown in a plane before.]|Jamais is the second part of the negation in this sentence, so it comes after the conjugated verb.
  3. Elle a changé beaucoup depuis la dernière fois.
    Elle a beaucoup changé depuis la dernière fois.|[She’s changed a lot since last time.]|When the verb is conjugated in a compound tense, shorter adverbs (bien, mal…), adverbs of manner or amount (beaucoup, trop, assez…) and certain indefinite adverbs of time (souvent, toujours, trop, quelque fois…) are placed before the participe passé.
  4. Vous mangez tranquillement le dessert.
    [You calmly eat your dessert.]|Adverbs usually come after the finite verb when it is conjugated in a simple (non-compound) tense.
  5. Anna et Zoé sont allées ensemble au cinéma.
    [Anna and Zoé went to the cinema together.]|Ensemble always comes after the verb to which it refers.
  6. J’ai trouvé le repas dans ce nouveau restaurant réellement très bon.
    [I thought the meal at the new restaurant was really very good.]|Adverbs that refer to adjectives or to other adverbs are placed before the adjective or adverb to which they refer.
  7. Sûrement ils viendront à 8 heures.
    Ils viendront sûrement à 8 heures.|[They will surely come at 8 o’clock.]|Sûrement and certainement are never placed at the beginning of a sentence.
  8. Je ne peux pas t’aider souvent à faire tes devoirs.
    [I can’t help you with your homework often.]|Adverbs that refer to an infinitive are placed after the infinitive in question.
  9. Pendant le concert, la chanteuse a chanté bien.
    Pendant le concert, la chanteuse a bien chanté.|[During the concert, the singer sang well.]|When the verb is conjugated in a compound tense, shorter adverbs (bien, mal…), adverbs of manner or amount (beaucoup, trop, assez…) and certain indefinite adverbs of time (souvent, toujours, trop, quelque fois…) are placed before the participe passé.
  10. Certainement il aura oublié ses clefs.
    Il aura certainement oublié ses clefs.|[He will surely have forgotten his keys.]|Sûrement and certainement are never placed at the beginning of a sentence.