Verb + Object
The most common order of words in sentences is as follows:
Subject + Verb + Object
- Sally speaks English.
- John reads the newspaper.
Place & Time
In English, the place is usually mentioned before the time.
- I go to the supermarket every Saturday.
(NOT: I go every Saturday to the supermarket)
- Bill has lived in London for 10 years.
(NOT: Bill has lived for 10 years in London)
Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of frequency such as always, never, sometimes, often, rarely, etc. generally go before the verb.
- Susan often goes shopping.
- I never gamble.
- They always sleep early.
However, with the verb to be, they go after the verb.
- She is rarely late.
- He is never home before dark.
They can also go between two verbs.
- I will always remember my brother.
- I have never been to Japan.