UNIT 106. Word Order 1: Verb + Object; Place and Time

Canada-08 grammar
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Verb + object

The verb and the object normally go together. We do not usually put other words between them:

Verb + Object
I like my job very much. (not I like very much my job)
Did you see your friends yesterday?
Ann often plays tennis.

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:

Place + Time
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.

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