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I believe both of the following placings of the word ''recently'' is correct, but how can I be sure that it is 100% correct without having to think whether it's correct:

  1. I recently bought the exact same car.
  2. I bought the exact same car recently.

Are there any rules for the placing?

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    There are no rules. You can use either sentence, and you could even use "Recently, I bought the exact same car" – Chris Rogers Dec 20 '16 at 0:09
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    You probably don't mean "the exact same car", but "the exact same model". If it were "the exact same car", then you've presumably already sold it to someone else, else why you you be remarking on it: you would say "That's MY car!". – TrevorD Dec 20 '16 at 0:39
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    @TrevorD haha you're correct. – Milo Dec 20 '16 at 18:11
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I'd go with "I recently bought the same car". I think "exact" is superfluous here. "Exact" basically means "same". Back to your specific question, "I recently bought the [exact] same car" reads better to me.

  • but the second one isn't necessarily wrong right? – Milo Dec 20 '16 at 18:10
  • Sorry Milo, I didn't check back for a response till now. No, I think it looks ok to me too. – Paul Jacobson Dec 22 '16 at 14:06
  • "I think "exact" is superfluous here." Not necessarily. It can make the difference between e.g. having bought the same brand/model of car, and having bought the same brand/model/color. "Exact" merely stresses how incredibly similar the two cars are (= more than you would expect) – Flater Jul 18 '17 at 11:54
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I have recently bought the exact same car.

Use of "-ly" words in the sentence should be made along with the subject. Here, the subject is "Me" and the word recently is placed right after the words "I have..."

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