Which of these sentences is correct?

  1. In real life, do we have anything close to the robots showed in Westworld?

  2. Do we, in real life, have anything close to the robots showed in Westworld?

  3. Do we have anything close to the robots showed in Westworld, in real life?

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    4. Do we have anything in real life close to the robots shown in Westworld? – Weather Vane Apr 17 '20 at 21:46
  • All legit orders. #3 is the most questionable. – Hot Licks Apr 17 '20 at 23:03

"In real life" is a prepositional phrase modifying the verb have. Typically, you will want such modifiers to be placed as close as possible to the word they modify.

(Edited) Sentence 1 is standard English, and would work just as well as #4.

Sentence 2 works.

Sentence 3 produces great dissonance, as the phrase is placed very far from the word it modifies, and should be avoided.

Sentence 4 is by far the best choice, as it follows a standard layout for the placement of the modifier. It thus comforts your reader into a pattern he can recognize, whereas atypical constructions such as sentence 1 and 3 risk to create confusion.


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    I'm not so sure. I find (1), focusing right from the start on the domain to be considered, at least as helpful a phrasing as (4). – Edwin Ashworth Apr 17 '20 at 22:26
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    You're right... I read it again and it sounds totally okay, although slightly more informal - in my opinion - than #4. Edited. – Thurinum Apr 17 '20 at 22:35

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