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  1. You have done well and you will be promoted soon.
  2. You have done well and you will soon be promoted.

What's the difference? Is one of them grammatically wrong?


EDIT: I asked one of my friends and he gave me a vague theory that adverbs of time should come before the verb if they occur before it. In this example, the time "soon" should come before "be promoted" because the time which is appropriate for his promotion would come before his manager signs his promotion.

If anyone has ever heard of such a rule then kindly enlighten me.

  • Also OK: "soon you will be promoted" and even "you soon will be promoted" or "you will be soon promoted". – GEdgar May 17 '15 at 0:05
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There is a difference of meaning. "You will be promoted soon" tells when you will be promoted. It's primarily a comment about your prospects. "You will soon be promoted" tells what will happen soon. It's a comment on the process which results from you working hard.

Of course, if the words are said to you in either form, you'd be pleased, but I think the first sentence, with its emphasis on promotion, is slightly more encouraging.

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The two mean exactly the same thing and are both grammatically correct. Soon is a modifier of be promoted, so it can fit either before or after. Here, there is no confusion if soon is used before be promoted because the phrase stands alone in its containing clause (you will soon be promoted).

  • "Soon" is an adverb modifying the verb "will be." "Promoted" is a participle acting as predicate adjective. – Jason Melançon May 17 '15 at 0:08

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