1. Does the adverb "clearly" go before or after the transitive verb "declare"? Or are both correct?

"This set of statements clearly declares that..." or "This set of statements declares clearly that..."

  1. Is it declares (modifying "set") or declare (modifying "statements")?

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  • This seems about the same as your other question: Adverbs modifying transitive verb; could you edit to explain how it is different? – sumelic Aug 12 '17 at 19:42
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    (1) Both are grammatical. But with (a) "This set of statements declares clearly that ...", the adverb must be modifying the verb. The declaration is made in a clear form. With (b) "This set of statements clearly declares that ...", there is an ambiguity. The meaning may be the same as in (a), but the pragmatic-marker (comment clause) usage of 'clearly' is also possible, with the meaning "Clearly, this set of statements declares that ..." (with 'clearly' pretty synonymous with 'obviously'). // (2) I think both sound clumsy here. 'It is declared clearly in this release/paper/...'. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 12 '17 at 21:28
  • Thanks! So it really depends on the meaning the writer wants to convey. I would prefer to leave it as is and not make it passive by stating, "It is declared clearly..." – Hbs Aug 12 '17 at 21:36

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