Verb + object
The verb and the object normally go together. We do not usually put other words between them:
|I||like||my job||very much. (not I like very much my job)|
|Did you||see||your friends||yesterday?|
Study these examples. The verb and the object go together each time:
– Do you eat meat every day? (not Do you eat every day meat?)
– Everybody enjoyed the party very much. (not enjoyed very much the party)
– Our guide spoke English fluently. (not spoke fluently English)
– I lost all my money, and I also lost my passport. (not I lost also my passport)
– At the end of the block, you’ll see a supermarket on your left.
(not see on your left a supermarket)
Place and time
Usually the verb and the place (where?) go together:
go home live in a city walk to work, etc.
If the verb has an object, the place comes after the verb + object”
take somebody home meet a friend on the street
Time (when? / how often? / how long?) usually goes after place:
|Tom walks||to work||every morning. (not every morning to work)|
|Sam has been||in Canada||since April.|
|We arrived||at the airport||early.|
Study these examples. Time goes after place:
– I’m going to Paris on Monday. (not I’m going on Monday to Paris)
– They have lived in the same house for a long time.
– Don’t be late. Make sure you’re here by 8:00
– Sarah gave me a ride home after the party.
– You really shouldn’t go to bed so late.
It is often possible to put time at the beginning of the sentence:
– On Monday I’m going to Paris.
– Every morning Tom walks to work.
Some time words (for example, always/never/often) usually go with the verb in the middle of the sentence.