I know of only the following two adverbs that are used before the verb of an imperative sentence;

  1. Always

    • Always have your dictionary near at hand.
    • Always be true to yourself.
  2. Never

    • Never mind!
    • Never confuse art with life.

Are there any other adverbs that are or can be used before a verb of an imperative sentence?


There are many, many adverbs that could be used to begin an imperative sentence. To take just a few examples:

  • Carefully check the ID of all customers.
  • Kindly escort this person to the exit.
  • Quickly go and fetch me some cheese puffs.
  • Closely monitor the situation, and tell me if you see anything
  • Most of the examples that I came across contained adverb after the verb and not before it. speakspeak.com/resources/english-grammar-rules/… – Zeeshan Ali Feb 28 '19 at 7:16
  • Yes, in general, I would say that it is more common. But there is nothing wrong or unusual about sentences that begin with adverbs. They will be regularly encountered in everyday speech. – J. Taylor Feb 28 '19 at 7:18
  • And "please" too. – BillJ Feb 28 '19 at 10:12
  • @BillJ According to dictionary.cambridge.org; Please is used as exclamation in imperatives eg: "Please remember to close the windows before you leave." – Zeeshan Ali Feb 28 '19 at 14:08
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    @ZeeshanAli No, it's an adverb serving as an adjunct. Never use dictionaries for grammar! However, this one gets it right: link. – BillJ Feb 28 '19 at 14:23

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