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  1. Fresh fried fish
  2. Fried fresh fish
  3. Fish fried fresh
  4. Fish fresh fried
  5. Fried fish fresh

What's the difference between the ways of writing the same idea above? What are the differences in meaning?

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  1. Fresh fried fish

The fish is fresh and fried - the freshness of the fish is important

  1. Fried fresh fish

As above - the fish is fresh and fried - that is it fried is important

  1. Fish fried fresh

This is clunky - the fish is fried soon after having been caught

  1. Fish fresh fried

Incorrect, Fish freshly fried is correct - and the fish has been fried recently

  1. Fried fish fresh

Incorrect, cannot be salvaged

Lastly you can have Freshly fried fish e.g. recently fried

  • Fish fried fresh means the fish was fresh when it was fried. Perfectly grammatical (although maybe not really useful for the case of fish). – Peter Shor Nov 15 '17 at 12:17
  • Ok - amended that one – mplungjan Nov 15 '17 at 12:20
  • I believe "Freshly fried fish" would imply that the frying was fresh (i.e. recent). It would not necessarily imply that the fish was fresh. Adjective "fresh" modifies the noun, but adverb "freshly" modifies the verb. – DJClayworth Nov 15 '17 at 14:27
  • @DJClayworth - updated – mplungjan Nov 15 '17 at 14:42
  • "Fried fish fresh" can be salvaged if you'll allow: "Do I smell fresh?" "Sure ... fried fish fresh ..." – MetaEd Nov 15 '17 at 17:24

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