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Which of the following is correct?

  1. In almost all cases, ...
  2. Almost in all cases, ...
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up vote 5 down vote accepted

"In almost all cases" sounds better to me, as almost refers to all: "almost all". It also occurs much more often than the second sentence (21M vs. 137K in Google).

I don't think "almost in all cases" is grammatically incorrect thought.

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I think both are technically correct, but the former sounds much better. "In almost all cases" also seems to have more google hits than "almost in all cases".

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"In almost all cases", as Bruno said, positions "almost" to refer to "all", and is less ambiguous.

"Almost in all cases" is ambiguous. Consider the following context:

He almost won all his cases.

He won almost all his cases.

These two interpretations express very propositions, and would result in very different performance evaluations for the attorney in question.

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