Most of the frequency adverbs can live at the start, in the middle and at the ending of the sentence.

In Does adverb placement affect meaning?, in the answer https://english.stackexchange.com/a/83402/16498 is analyzed the difference between the end placement and others. But what is the difference between the start and middle placement?

Does these placements make some difference for the meaning:

Sometimes I fly.
I sometimes fly.

Do those sentences mean the same or not? If not, is there any difference in feeling, mood or something else? Is there some context in which they have different use?

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    Closely related if arguably not quite a duplicate: Does adverb placement affect meaning? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 21 '17 at 13:44
  • Placing a word at the start (or end) adds emphasis. If you're emphasising "sometimes", e.g. as part of a comparison or contrast, you may put it at the start, e.g. "sometimes I walk, sometimes I fly" (contrasting the two options) or "sometimes I fly, but I always travel light" (emphasising that flying is occasional but travelling light is constant). This doesn't really change the meaning, just the emphasis. – Stuart F Dec 12 '19 at 11:00
  • @StuartF Thank you. Why you haven't put it as an answer? It is one. – Gangnus Dec 13 '19 at 0:31

Firstly, I think by "proverb" you mean "adverb?" And secondly, to answer to your question, no -- those three sentences (on their own) are equivalent, at least to my ear.

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  • 1. Please, look at the edited question. 2. Do exist some context where they have different meaning? – Gangnus Jun 22 '17 at 12:52
  • I think the two sentences are equivalent, i.e. there's no difference in meaning (in any context I can think of). – shdrums9 Jun 22 '17 at 12:58
  • But you have said the same about the end and middle placement, too. And in the post cited is clearly seen, that they are significantly different. – Gangnus Jun 22 '17 at 13:27
  • The cited post is pretty interesting, and l need to give it more thought. However, the two (three) sentences you mentioned are equivalent. I will need to think more about a general answer. – shdrums9 Jun 22 '17 at 15:33

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