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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AGO for physical distance?

I have come up with this sentence "I crossed the border 3 kilometers ago". I feel like ago is not the correct adverb since it's used in time contexts. Can you help me find the correct adverb? Thank ...
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Adverb-preposition placement: “consists exclusively of” vs. “consists of exclusively”

Building on the question here, I am trying to better understand the difference in use and meaning implied by the change of the adverb position against the preposition in the following sentence: (1)...
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“can be clearly seen” OR “can clearly be seen” [duplicate]

In my essay the sentence The results can be clearly seen. was corrected to: The results can clearly be seen. What is the rule behind this correction? Most of the time I use "can be" ...
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“Even more worth reading” v “worth reading even more”

A Meta.SE post was recently edited (by an ELU member I respect), with the reason "grammar": Before: resigned: Aza on Literature, worth reading, predates other events; later wrote an update ...
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Dogs really are VS Dogs are really [closed]

Dogs are really our best friends. Dogs really are our best friends. I know both sentences are grammatically correct, but what's the difference between them?
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Adverb of place vs prepositions

Keep the book right on the table. Keep the food down on the floor. Are the words right and down working as adverbs or prepositions here? If they're adverbs, what do they modify? If they're ...
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“will be finally” or “will finally be”?

What I know is that adverbs are positioned between "be" verb and passive verb, but I can find many examples of both sentences: "will be finally deleted" OR "will finally be deleted"? "have ...
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We only have 2 possibilities - position of “only”

Is there any difference of meaning between the 3 following sentences? We only have 2 possibilities. We have only 2 possibilities. We have 2 possibilities only. I have already read Correct position ...
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Placement of adverb with gerund-participle that is the object of a preposition

I have a rather fussy grammar question, and I'm having a hard time finding out whether there even is a rule that applies here. Even describing the structure correctly is a bit of a challenge. The ...
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Grammar and adverbs question [closed]

Is this question written correctly? Has the problem been solved already? or maybe is this way Has the problem already been solved? are both correct?
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Where should an adverb be positioned when converting from active to passive? [closed]

Please consider this example sentence: Karen spoke rudely to the manager. Should the corresponding sentence rearranged into the passive be: The manager was spoken rudely to by Karen. The manager ...
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Place the adverb before or after “to”?

Take for instance these two sentences: [...] to confirm to clients that they are eating food free from contaminants and disease-causing bacteria, but also to identify the properties of the dishes. ...
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“He then” vs “Then He” vs “Then, He” — conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and commas

As far as I understand, you use a semi-colon to separate main clauses joined by conjunctive adverbs (however, therefore, moreover, nevertheless, then, thus). And, when you use a conjunctive adverb, ...
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have still to vs still have to

" researchers have still to decide whether smell is one sense or two- one responding to odours proper and the registering odourless chemicals in the air. " Can I ask you guys why it's not still have ...
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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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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 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 ...