Word order: verb+object; place and time

Updated: Jun 28

Word order differs amongst languages. In English, it's not difficult to get it right as long as you follow these simple rules:


The verb and the object usually go together:

  1. My students speak English fluently = verb +object

  2. My mother cooked pasta yesterday= verb +object

  3. Did you see your friends at the party?= verb +object

Usually, the verb and the place (where) also go together. If the verb has an object, then the place comes after the verb


  1. I walk to school every morning.= place + time

  2. I've lived in this house for 10 years. = place +time

It's possible to put time at the beginning of the sentence but you would need to also put a comma.

  1. Next month, I'm flying out to Rome.

  2. Every evening, I cook dinner

I hope this is clear but do send me any questions you may have.



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