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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“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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“We just need to rename” or “We need just to rename” [duplicate]

I want to say that just in case we want to rename something (in programming) we should do something. Which of the sentences is correct? In case we need just to rename the message... In case we ...
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has just had or just had a baby

My question is not whether the correct grammar is either "She has just had a baby" or "She just had a baby". I am aware that the official grammar is "She has just had a baby". But in a way that ...
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Differences between “just might” and “might just?”

Can someone help me understand more precisely the connotative differences between "just might" and "might just I came upon this dilemma while working on a short comic strip. In the first panel, a ...
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Can't just vs. Just can't [duplicate]

Which one is correct: He's someone you just can't ignore. He's someone you can't just ignore. I was about to say, 'He [the first guy] may be handsome, but he [the second guy] is someone you [...
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Adverb placement

Are these sentences all grammatically correct? I didn't support Gheddafi and I will never support him. I didn't support Gheddafi and will never support him. I didn't support Gheddafi and never ...
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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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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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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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Adverbs + Present Perfect

Here's my problem: I've been confused about the placement of adverbs in present/past perfect phrases. For example, which sentence would sound better: "We had been slowly drifting down the river ...
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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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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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“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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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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What's the meaning of “You better take this”?

My mother tongue is Hindi. I was watching an English movie when I came across the below sentence. Although it is a dual language movie and that helps me to understand English and improve my vocabulary,...
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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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Indian English use of “only”

I am from Bangalore and people here tend use the word only to emphasise something in a sentence. For example: We are getting that only printed. What is the proper way to put it?
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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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Where to position adverbs

They may sound both correct but which one is more acceptable in standard written English? She is writing a letter now. or She is now writing a letter. Thanks
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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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Correct position of “only”

Which is grammatically correct? I can only do so much in this time. or I can do only so much in this time.
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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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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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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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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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'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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“even” position in a sentence

I found an example: I haven’t even started making dinner. What about I even haven't started making dinner? Would it be also correct?
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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 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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“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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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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“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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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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“early in the morning” and “ in the early morning”

Is there any difference between the two phrases ? 1) There are numerous health benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach in the early morning. 2) There are numerous health benefits of drinking ...
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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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Adverb position: 'I have also been working" or 'I have been also working'?

I doubt about the place of the adverb 'also' in the following sentence: 'I work at the hospital, and for three years I have also been working for my PhD at the University.' Should I say: 'I have been ...
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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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-ly adverb placement: “primarily consisted of [noun]” or “consisted primarily of [noun]”

I'm troubled by "primarily consisted of" versus "consisted primarily of." To me, the former seems clumsy, and the latter seems smoother. I'm American and live in the mid-west. Is the second ...