How does one decide whether an adverb of manner should precede or follow the verb?
In some cases, it seems to be more natural to have the adverb follow the verb, as in:
“She moved slowly and spoke quietly.”
But in other cases, it seems to be more natural to have the adverb precede the verb, as in:
“The minister solemnly addressed his congregation.”
But I can’t work out why this is the case. Is there a general rule to follow to decide where to place the adverb? Does it have anything to do with whether the verb is used transitively or intransitively?