Word Order


Word order can cause problems for students in speaking and writing exams.

Can you find the mistakes in the following sentences?

a) I go rarely to football matches these days.
b) Always I have to tell my children to tidy their bedrooms.
c) Susan hardly ever is late for work.

Correct word order in affirmations : Subject + verb (+ direct object)

Subject – verb – object

Normalmente el verbo va inmediatamente seguido del objeto.
El orden de las palabras es más estricto en ingles que en español.
Lo bueno es que en inglés es mas sencillo / menos estricta que en aleman.

¡Observa las diferencias!
Se dice:

I like chocolate very much.
(NO DECIMOS I like so much the “choc-o-late”)

Pedro reads a newspaper every day.
(NO DECIMOS Pedro reads all the days a newspaper)

She speaks English very well.
(NO DECIMOS She speaks very well the English)

I usually go to bed early.
(NO DECIMOS I used to go early to the bed)

More examples:

Liz walks to work every morning (check pronunciation with a native speaker)
They’ve lived in the same house for sixteen years (note use of present PERFECT)

Say WHERE, then say WHEN.

Normalmente el complemento de lugar va delante del tiempo.

We went to a party last night
(NO DECIMOS We went last night to a party)


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And the correct word order above?
a) I rarely go to football matches these days.
b) I always have to tell my children to tidy their bedrooms.
c) Susan is hardly ever late for work.