Can you start à sentence in French with an adverb?
Anxieusement, j'ai demandé: “Je ne comprends pas, qu'est-ce que vous avez fait? Est-ce légal ?
Sérieusement, il y a dix-huit temps de verbe différents en français !
Normally adverbs which modify verbs (and adjectives) will follow (or precede) them in the sentence.
In the case of adverbs which end in 'ment' , they will almost always follow the verb they refer to, with the exceptions of 'heureusement' or 'malheureusement' which can be used at the beginning of a sentence or on their own as an exclamation.
Malheureusement, il allait trop vite = Unfortunately, he was driving too fast
There are some link adverbs (ainsi, à peine, aussi, du moins, peut-être, sans doute) which can head a sentence and sometimes they will be followed by an inversion of subject and verb. e.g.
Ainsi nous a-t-il surpris!
Peut-être va-t-il revenir...
Placing the adverb in the wrong place in French will sound like 'yoda speak' of 'Star Wars' fame and it is very instinctive...
Hope this helps!
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