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In the following sentence, is the usage of also considered grammatically correct, or is there something wrong with it?

Write something also on an alternative approach to this problem; explain the pros and cons of that alternative.

The sentence doesn't feel right, but I thought I would seek the input of the well-informed before jumping to conclusions.

I would like to make it known that I am not the one responsible for this sentence, nor will the person responsible ever know of this inquiry — it is purely for the sake of self-satisfaction.

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It’s not flat-out “wrong”, but this doesn’t sound anything as good:

  • Write something also on an alternative approach to this problem.

As any of these:

  1. Also write something on an alternative approach to this problem.

  2. Write something on an alternative approach to this problem as well.

  3. Write something on an alternative approach to this problem, too.

The first is probably the best of those.

  • FWIW, I disagree. All of your 1,2,3 and the OP sound fine to me. I would use them in different contexts, no doubt, but each sounds OK. (However, I'd suggest splitting the OP sentence in two at the semicolon.) – Drew Jul 4 '14 at 2:43

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