German Word order with Adverbs


Word order with Adverbs

In this post we are looking at the word order of German adverbs. It might also be a good idea to read our blog about German adverbs and German adverbs of place. In English, adverbs can appear in different places within a sentence. That’s the same in German. For example:

Tomorrow is my birthday.
My birthday is tomorrow.

Adverbs of time

  • Adverbs of time can be placed at the beginning of the sentence.
  • For example:
    Heute fliegen wir in Urlaub. ⇨ We fly on holiday today.
    Morgen spielen wir Fußball. ⇨ We’ll play football tomorrow.

  • But this is not fixed.
  • For example:
    Wir fliegen heute in Urlaub.
    Wir spielen morgen Fußball.

Adverbs of place

  • Adverbs of place can be placed at the beginning of a sentence for emphasis.
  • For example:
    Hier haben wir uns getroffen. ⇨ We have met here.
    Dort hat er gewohnt. ⇨ He lived there.

  • But they don’t have to be at the beginning.
  • For example:
    Wir haben uns hier getroffen.
    Er hat dort gewohnt.

Note: Object pronouns (mich, dich, ihn, sie, uns etc) come before the adverb as shown in the above sentence.

More than 2 adverbs

If there are more than two adverbs in a sentence, the following rule applies:

adverb of time + adverb of place

For example:
Wir sind gestern dort gewesen. ⇨ We’ve been there yesterday.
Tom und Pete gehen heute dahin. ⇨ Tom and Pete will go there today.

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