Where would it be best to place the "all" (or any other word, for that matter) in this situation, and why?
These are all made-up sentences.
- It all could have [could've] been different/ played out differently.
- It could all have been different/ played out differently.
- It could have [could've] all been different/ played out differently.
- Come to think of it, I think one could even say " It could've been all different"
They all sound good to my ear, but I'd probably go, more often than not, with the third one.
I was thinking- maybe it has something to do with stress? (I never would've done that; I would never have done that; I would've never done that ).
Here's the same 'quote' worded differently (as above) in different newspapers: