I have a problem with adverbs. I am often not quite sure if I have placed them correctly .
i) The boy ran quickly to the bus-stop.
ii) The boy ran to the bus-stop quickly.
iii) The boy quickly ran to the bus-stop.
I think the first two sentences are correct but I wonder if the third is?
In general, we should put adverbs as close as possible to the verbs (or adjectives) that they modify. So in the examples given, both i) and iii) are good because "quickly" is close to the verb.
But here is a remarkable thing about English sentences: The reader pays most attention to the beginning and end of a sentence. So if we want to emphasize how fast the boy ran, we can put "quickly" at the end of the sentence, or at the beginning:
Quickly, the boy ran to the bus stop.
In some cases, however, a modifier can change the meaning of a sentence if it's not in exactly the right place. The word "only" is a good example. It always modifies the closest word. Think about the following sentences:
Only she said she loved me. (No one else did.)
She only said she loved me. (But she lied!)
She said only she loved me. (So I shouldn't believe all those other girls.)
She said she only loved me. (Huh?)
She said she loved only me. (Even though she flirted with other boys.)
So think about where to put the adverb, and when in doubt, put it as close as you can to the word it's modifying.