Regarding the sentence,
I spoke (on the phone ) [with John],
should the phrase in parenthesis precede the phrase in brackets, or vice versa?
- Do you know of a principle of construction that pertains to ordering phrases such as the two above? If so, how would you apply it to the sentence in question?
- Do you notice any connotational difference between the alternatives? If so, why do you suppose changing the phrase order effected that difference?