History is an inevitably important and compulsory subject in the curriculum of many countries, and some people argue that learning about local history is more crucial than memorizing historical world events.

Am I right to write "History is an inevitably important..."? , or should I just need to write:" History is inevitably an important subject..."?

I am confused with the position of words in sentences. I really appreciate for your help. Thank you in advance!

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inevitably is an adverb, so it can either describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

In your two examples, it is being used to describe different words in the sentence.

History is inevitably an important subject.

Here, it is describing the verb is.

History is an **inevitably important* subject

Here, it is describing the adjective important.

Both, sound technically grammatical, but I prefer the first. It is much more common for inevitably to refer to the verb, especially the verb, to be.

  • Thanks so much Peter, no wonder I feel something "not natural" in my sentence which is the second case that you mentioned.
    – Tinh Le
    Jan 6, 2019 at 8:37

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