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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Where is the 'mid-position' of a sentence?

This question may sound simple, but I have never actually seen anyone define it. Where is the mid-position in a sentence? Is it between the subject and the predicate (everything other than the subject,...
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Adverb placements

I came across this sentence and had a hard time understanding it because of the adverb placement. I thought adverbs or adverb phrases usually come right after the verb when "be" is the main ...
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Why can you say “not only will I” but not “not only I will”?

Given: Not only will I be skipping the breakfast, but the lunch too. Not only ❌I will be skipping the breakfast, but the lunch too. Why does sentence (2) sound so terribly wrong? Why is sentence (1) ...
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Inversion of adverb/adjective and preposition

Is one of the following two sentences incorrect ? "I didn't get good enough a glimpse" (1) and "I didn't get a good enough glimpse" (2) In my native language, the latter seems more ...
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What's the difference between "really have had" and "have really had"?

In a sentence, what's the difference between "he must really have had a rough day" and "he must have really had a rough day"?
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Is only vs only is [duplicate]

Which one is correct usage of "only" and difference between the following sentences what is point of living if it is only a stuggle. what is point of living if it only is a struggle.
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Interruption Comma "yet then somehow"?

Here are the examples: He repeated the experiment in exactly the same way yet expect different results. He repeated the experiment in exactly the same way then somehow expect different results. ...
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“Has only been living” vs “Has been only living” [duplicate]

I encountered this question in a test today, I'm not sure about the differences between the two cases and how the native speakers will use it. Please help me. A: Have you heard the gossip? Atarah is ...
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It is grammatically correct to have an adverb both before and after a verb? [closed]

I was proofreading a paper for a friend and came upon this sentence: Their doctors did not have the knowledge of what was truly happening physically. Is it grammatically correct to have an adverb ...
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“Statues carved in a row”

Overseas ESL students were asked to transform a sentence into passive voice. One gave an unexpected answer, and their teacher consulted with me. Original: The people of Rapa Nui carved huge statues ...
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place-place-time

Could you please tell me which one of the following sentences is correct grammatically? I am giving a talk at the International Congress on Mathematical Physics in Berlin, Germany, in July 2021. I ...
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Comparative adverb

I was taught that object of a preposition is always a noun, but I have often seen that a comparison adverb comes immediately after a preposition, then a noun phrase preceded by an adverb comes, which ...
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Word order "I always should test..." vs "I should always test..."

As a non-native English speaker I am not sure about the word order in sentences with adverbs when used in the "in-between scenario" (according to https://english.stackexchange.com/a/9602/...
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Catch Back (as Catch Again, to represent recurrence)

Is it correct to say "Catch Back" with the intention to express recurrence? For example, assume I once felt joyful but then that feeling faded. If now I'm somehow feeling happy again, could ...
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Position of Adverb 'gladly' [duplicate]

Five sentences with slight adjustment in the position of the adverb: Gladly I would've come. I would have come gladly. I would gladly have come. I gladly would have come. I would have gladly come. ...
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How does "only" change the meaning of this sentence?

How do I interpret the same sentence but with "only" modifying different parts of it: You need math only when you are buying vegetables. You need math when you are buying vegetables only. ...
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I hardly dared breathe

The "Extra Examples" section in the entry of DARE in the Oxford Learner's dict. shows I hardly dared breathe. Dare here forms its past as a (semi)modal verb, yet the position in the sentence ...
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The notice struck me pleasantly

Is it grammatically correct to write this sentence with the adverb at the end? I assume it would be more acceptable to write this sentence as "The notice pleasantly struck me," but I like ...
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The placement of "actually"

What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences below? The conference was actually quite interesting. Actually, the conference was quite interesting. Thank you!
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The placement of "just" and the sentence meaning

Consider the two sentences, please: I just want to add a few details. I want to add just a few details. How does the meaning change depending on the placement of just within the sentence? Thank you!
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Sentence with doubtful syntax

A sentence that does not seem right on account of syntax Not only are verbs largely uninflected in English, but also nouns, pronouns and adjectives. This sentence seems very unusual although it is ...
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What do adverbs modify and can it be ambiguous?

I have two questions, but first consider the following sentence: Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in Western culture. Does adverb '...
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Panicking Internally vs Internally Panicking? [duplicate]

Which order (Panicking internally/ Internally panicking) is correct or more widely accepted and why?
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Does "also" in a simple interrogative sentence affect the subject or the verb?

"Should I also join the team?" Here does "also" affect "I " (the subject) or "join" (the verb)? Does it mean A) Other people are joining the team and you're ...
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Usage of transition words

Consider the following portion from a drug's website: Bamocaftor potassium is a CFTR channel (DeltaF508-CFTR Mutant) corrector in phase II clinical trials at Vertex, in patients with CF who are ...
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Adverb "Really" + could + present perfect

My question is about the adverb placement "really" when combined with "could" and the present perfect in a sentence. Below are four possibilities. I really could have made more ...
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Should still or still should

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? “She still should’ve reached out to you when she needed help” “She should’ve still reached out” “I think you still should call her”...
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How to make the request stronger using “Please”

I understand, we can use the word “please” before, middle and after the sentence. Would like to know just by changing position of word “please” in any sentence, How to make a strong request? ...
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Should I use "you will again be given" or "you will be again given"? [duplicate]

I'm describing a situation which is similar to the situation in the previous paragraph, which of the following alternatives are more correct? In general, is there a rule for this? "You will again be ...
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Can be <verb> arbitrarily vs Can arbitrarily be <verb>

Is there any rule that explains why Data can be arranged arbitrarily. (1) is much more common than Data can arbitrarily be arranged. (2) according to the google search results (23M vs 33k ...
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where to put the word simultaneously

I am aware that adverbs are relatively "Free" in terms of their place in sentences. For the adverb "simultaneously", I could use it in a sentence either like "I am doing A and B simultaneously" or ...
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Question about adverb placement in these sentences [duplicate]

I'm confused about the adverb placement. I heard that adverbs that indicate manner should be placed at the end of a sentence, but I have seen many sentences that do not follow this rule. For some ...
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Adverb position: 'has been constantly increasing'

I have the following sentence: "The share of solar energy has been constantly increasing in Europe" Grammarly tells me that this is a mistake and suggest writing: 'has constantly been increasing' ...
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"I have possibly the same [thing]" or "I possibly have the same [thing]"

Do you say: I have possibly the same [thing] I possibly have the same [thing] Also: I may have possibly [done something] I may possibly have [done something] Google search returns almost equal ...
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Position of adverb 'significantly' [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: "To tackle climate change, it is important to reduce the CO2 emissions significantly" An other option would be to use the adverb before the verb like: "To tackle ...
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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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"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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Position of "only" in “We 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 have two possibilities”

Is there any difference in meaning between the three following sentences? We only have two possibilities. We have only two possibilities. We have two possibilities only. I have already read Correct ...
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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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