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Questions tagged [adverb-position]

The position of an adverb often depends on the kind of adverb (manner, place, time, degree) and if the word being modified is a verb or an adjective.

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The adverb between a conjunction and a subject

Is it possible to locate an adverb between a conjunction and a subject? For instance, is the following sentence grammatically correct? : 'Although usually he eats out, he decided to make his own meal ...
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“To read this book later” and “To later read this book” - the difference

There is a dialog between two persons, and they are discussing some book owned by third person. There are 2 versions of phrase: To read this book later -- ask John. To later read this book -- ask ...
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What is the difference in meaning between these four constructions?

It is usual that some adverbs can be used in different positions in a sentence, which causes a change in meaning. And this can be difficult for a non-native speaker to understand. Here is an example ...
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Can 'too'be used immediately after the subject?

Let her too wake up to a hot coffee. (or) Let her wake up to a hot cup of coffee too. Here I am trying to convey that what she does for you everyday, you do it for her too. I want to use the ...
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The position of ‘constantly’ in “would be being used”

Personal computers first made their appearance in the home in the 1970s, but surely few people would have been able to imagine then that the home computer could evolve into the super-fast, super-...
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will soon receive or will receive soon

I was wondering if there is a specific preference for the soon position in the following line: You will receive a message with the activation link soon. Or if it is better/more common to use: ...
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Why “would rather” +noun is feasible?Without principal verb

A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance. Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals ...
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Putting adverbs such as “on Wednesday” in the beginning and at the end of sentences

What's the difference between the following two sentences: On Wednesday I went shopping I went shopping on Wednesday
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“However, I hated it extremely” vs “However, I extremely hated it,” when telling a flashback? [closed]

Both of these probably mean the same thing but I don't know which one 'sounds' better.
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Can 'too much tired' replace 'much too tired' in this construction? [closed]

In the following clause of result, would it be possible to use 'too much tired' in place of 'much too tired'? She is much too tired to go out.
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ADV of Manner between Transitive Verb and DO

In a book about the philosophy of William James, I have found the pattern transitive verb (to appreciate) + adverb of manner (fully) + direct object (what James means by distinguishing knowing into ...
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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'normally' adverb placement

Which phrase is correct? A will normally be finished by the end of the week, or, A will be normally finished by the end of the week. The meaning I'm trying to convey is that if nothing abnormal ...
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“We also recently” or “We recently also”?

Title says it all. The sentence is We also recently started playing other games. or We recently also started playing other games. Which is preferable?
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“in favor” used adverbially

I'd like to know whether the phrase "in favor" can be used adverbially, e.g. They all voted in favor.
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“I’ve still berries in the fridge”

There was a question posted on Twitter: Grammar-expert friends: Help needed! I couldn’t find conclusive answers via google so I’ll ask here: I’m writing some lyrics and I want to say “I’ve still (...
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Is there a word for near the tip of an object?

I am designing a device with two similar components close to its tip, see below. I need some descriptors to tell the two components apart. What would be the best words to describe the positions? ...
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Position of manner adverbs within verb phrases

I have found the following sentence in a book: A firm's sensory marketing approach should be deliberately and strategically based on the five human senses. I have a feeling that the adverbial ...
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Do you put a comma around “as well”

Would I write, "He, as well, no longer held the need to impress her" or "He as well no longer held the need to impress her"? Which is grammatically correct?
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“may even have” or “may have even”?

Is either of these 'more correct'? She may even have pre-empted us. She may have even pre-empted us. Is it purely a case of which sounds better in any case, or are there specific rules?
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'Not being able to' vs 'Being not able to' , which is grammtical?

which is grammatical between the two sentences below? We end up not being able to deal with new situations. We end up being not able to deal with new situations.
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Using 'caveat' as adverb to introduce a sentence

I would like to use caveat to introduce a sentence where I specify important information. For example: You can wash mostly anything in this washing machine. Caveat, if you wash wool set the ...
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“commonly known as” or “known commonly as”?

I'm editing a scientific paper, and one of my colleague wrote: "...in applications known commonly as 'displays',..." Personally, I would change it to "commonly known", but I didn't find any formal ...
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Correct position of adverb “persistently” in verb phrase “act on it”?

What's the correct position of the adverb "persistently" in the verb phrase "act on it"? Should it be persistently act on it or act on it persistently? Thanks
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Position of Adverb 'indiscriminately'

It was all the same colour and shape; all ran into one and as the green carpet overspread vaults and rocks indiscriminately everything melted away before my eyes. Is the word indiscriminately used ...
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Position of an adverb in this sentence [duplicate]

I hope you can help me. I have recently found this sentence "improving safety should not be considered merely a law obligation, but also a concrete economic opportunity". I was wondering if the ...
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“I want to apologize personally for…” or “I want to personally apologize for…” [closed]

The latter seems to have a more standard structure, but the first one sounds better to me. Which one is grammatically correct?
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Is the sentence *I had my skills improved considerably* correct?

Could you please explain to me if the following sentence is correct? Does it sound good? Your training was very useful for me. I had my skills improved considerably. Or I must use something like: ...
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Where is it best to put the “when” of a sentence?

John yesterday went to the store to buy eggs. John went to the store yesterday to buy eggs. John went to the store to buy eggs yesterday.
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Position of adverbs [closed]

I am bit confused when it comes to the positioning of adverbs determinations in a sentence. I was told that you can place them almost everywhere like in: To be a teacher not only means to teach a ...
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“… respectively are …” vs “… are respectively …”

I would use respectively in either one of the following ways: "Figures 1 to 3 are respectively front, top and bottom views of the object", "Figures 1 to 3 are front, top and bottom views of ...
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Afoot instead of “on foot” [closed]

Can I use "afoot" instead of "on foot" in the sentence below ? I will go to market on foot. Regards
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“Eternally grateful” or “Grateful eternally”?

Which statement is preferable: “I am eternally grateful” or “I am grateful eternally”?
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Word order in a conditional sentence

Are both acceptable? Or is only one correct? He would never have said anything rude or insulting like that. or He would have never said anything rude or insulting like that.
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Correct way to use the word “respectively”

I have the following sentence: Moreover, we use adjectives 'Borel' and 'finite' if, respectively, a measure is defined on the Borel sigma-algebra and it has finite values only. Usually I put '...
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“have come, now” vs “have now come” [duplicate]

Are both these sentences correct, do they carry the same meaning? Can I place the adverb now in these positions? If not, why? Tensions submerged earlier have come to the fore, now Tensions submerged ...
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Meaning behind “Only” position? how to use “only” properly? [duplicate]

only I eat an apple I only eat an apple I eat only an apple I eat an apple only 3 and 4 sentence are more confusing.., both are same?? please help me guys
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“It really doesn't matter” v “It doesn't really matter”

I can't distinguish the difference in meaning between these two sentences. It really doesn't matter. It doesn't really matter. It seems that there is a nuanced difference, but I ...
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This was made in China in 2004. / This was made in 2004 in China [closed]

1a. This is a book written in English in America. 1b. This is a book written in America in English. 2a. This was made in China in 2004. 2b. This was made in 2004 in China. edit: sorry, may I ...
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Can we use an adverb together with nouns?

i know that the preposition can be used with nouns. For example : skin between your ...... connection between....... the girl after you...... the car ...
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Should an exact time come before a day when specifying when something will happen?

I have a flight tomorrow to leave for France. It will leave at 9.45 a.m. tomorrow morning. It will leave tomorrow morning at 9.45 a.m. Which is the correct sentence?
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Is “To [Adverb] [Infinitive]” Still a Valid Infinitive form? [duplicate]

This question is specifically for I work to nearly get success, but the question is also asking in general. I shouldn't use nearly to get because that would detract from from my purpose of working.
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“poorly react to” vs. “react poorly to…”

Where should the adverb "poorly" go in this sentence? The primer and coating poorly react to... The primer and coating react poorly to...
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Is it “declares clearly” or “clearly declares”? [closed]

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..." ...
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Where is the best position for the adverb “obviously” in the following sentence? [closed]

Which of the numbered positions is the best for the adverb "obviously" in the following sentence? Jim is totally aware of the problem but [1] Jack [2] is [3] not [4]. For each of the numbered ...
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Where should I add “forcefully” in the following sentence? [closed]

Her lips curled up forcefully at the ends. Her lips forcefully curled up at the ends. Which is the most correct/idiomatic option? And why?
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Are these sentences grammatically correct? (the usage of “everything”)

I've taught students English in Korea and now I'm grading test papers. The question was to translate Korean into English and the right answer we wanted was => The book was so popular that it sold out ...
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“It usually is” vs “it is usually” [duplicate]

It is very common to use the verb 'to be' before adverbs of frequency as in the following example: Her cake is usually tasty. However, I came across the following construction in which the verb '...
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enough better, better enough, sufficiently better, sufficiently well, or well enough?

Someone asked about using "enough" in front of a comparative adjective e.g. "he felt enough better to go back to work." A lively discussion ensued between the BrE and AmE contingents about whether a) ...
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Does the position of the adverb in a sentence change anything?

Consider the following sentence: I ate the sandwich quickly. The word "quickly" modifies "ate the sandwich." Should the adverb be placed up front, as in I quickly ate the sandwich. would it ...