Student: Why is the first one correct and not the second?
The kids work well at school.
The kids work at school well.
Teacher:The first one is correct because there is a ‘rule of order’ of words in a sentence. Basic English sentences, until you are at an advanced level of English, is: Subject, Verb, Object.
Then, we usually, put the modifying adjectives, before the noun they are talking about. The kids (subject) Or the smart (adjective) kids… AND THE ADVERB comes after the verb…work well….we put the adverb right after the verb to avoid misunderstanding as to which word the adverb is modifying.
Here’s another example…
The dog barked loudly at the postman.
If you move ‘loudly’ to the end of the sentence, you are actually putting the most emphasis on the fact that the dog barked at the postman. By putting ‘loudly’ at the end…it is almost as if you were saying something as an ‘afterthought.’ When in fact, what you really want to say, is that the dog BARKED LOUDLY…not just barked…so the location of the adverb gives more emphasis.