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Where should an adverb come in a sentence? [duplicate]

If both of the sentences below are correct, does the position of the adverb change the meaning (slightly), or perhaps the register of the sentence? The superior man thinks always of virtue. ...
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Sequencing in a sentence - with first class honours at the university/ at the university with first class honours [closed]

I have a problem when I am writing my application letter with word order/clause sequence. Can anyone help me? I will be graduated in June but I expect that I can have a bachelor degree with first-...
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Can a phrasal adjective be placed AFTER a noun? [closed]

If phrasal adjectives can be placed after nouns, what are some examples?
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What does the “open exchange of information” mean?

What does the "open exchange of information" mean? For example, in order to find the truth about history, there must be an open exchange of information? Could I re-write the sentence and make "...
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Is using “Says” in the beginning of a sentence correct?

A listed company uses the following sentence structure in all its press releases: Says John Smith, Director, ABC Ltd, “The credit profiles of FMCG companies are likely to remain stable, supported ...
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Why as a subject does the pronoun “I” follow all other pronouns in a list? [duplicate]

Why is this sentence incorrect? I and you can go there. And why is this sentence correct? You and I can go there.
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weight in Opinion-Size-Age-Shape-Colour-Material-Origin-Purpose

Here's a related question where this came up. I made an assumption in my answer that I want to bring to discussion. I know the rule for adjective order: Opinion Size Age Shape Colour ...
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Why was the flow of this sentence changed?

One editor of mine changed the noun order in a sentence of my article. It seems minor, but I would like to figure out the reason. Is it just because the revision makes the sentence flow sound better? ...
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About adjective order

my editor just revised the adjective order in a sentence of my article. But it seems that the original order was right and there was no need to change it? The rule of thumb is that an adjective ...
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Punctuation usage when using or?

In the sentence: "Sorry, but at the same time I'm not going to apologise or beg up and down" The person means: "I am not going apologise up and down. I am not going to beg up and down." How would ...
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Use of have and what if [closed]

What if I don't have an apple phone but I have apple gloves. Is it correct?
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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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Use of shared in the sentence

When I see like react instead of haha react on my shared meme, I feel bad. Is this correct?
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How to refer to historical data from latest to oldest?

Consider I have a a list of 5 exercises I did, sorted from most recent to oldest. Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 So the last exercise I did is Exercise 1. My question is how ...
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What is the difference between “ renewal ” and “ resumption ”?

Cambridge English Dictionary explains these as renewal : a situation in which something begins again after having stopped for a period of time e.g. Pharmaceutical shares also benefited from the ...
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Old drunk man or drunk old man? [closed]

There is this adjective order rule which is usually stated as opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose or OSASCOMP, but "drunk" doesn't really fit any of these categories. There are of ...
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It totally works for me!

In a situation when I talk with someone about setting up a schedule, can we use "totally" with a phrase like the title? I know that the meaning of totally itself is basically used for emphasizing the ...
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“I hope you all/both are doing well” vs “I hope you are all/both doing well”?

Do both convey the same message, or not? I hope you all are doing well. I hope you are all doing well. It occurs to me that the same thing happens with both when I'm only addressing two people ...
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“recognised by _ as _” or “recognised as _ by _”

Which is correct ordering of descriptors between "as" and "by" with regards to "being recognised"? Example sentences: IEEE 754 has been recognised as de facto standard by all programmers. or ...
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Can for future possibility

I'm doing a research on English modality (for reference I'm using F.R. Palmer's book "Modality and the English Modals"). In the book the author distinguishes between the three kinds of modality: ...
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Are both options [proper noun] + [common noun] / [common noun] + [proper noun] valid, and if so is any of them preferable?

When using a pair of proper noun and common noun placed together, I always doubt what the right order is. I usually come across this situation while writing technical documentation. For example, ...
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Inversion verb-subject after an appositive phrase

I can't find a written rule about the subject-verb inversion in appositive phrases. In the temple, is a statue. In the temple, a statue is. I feel that the first one is more natural, but, as said, ...
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Position of “in accordance with” in negative sentence affect meaning of the sentence

I find that the position of “in accordance with + noun” in a negative sentence affects the meaning of the whole sentence. For example: Our company did not supply goods to country yy in accordance ...
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In the sentence who is saying “that's your business,isn't it ,cousin”

Laila remembered another fight, and, that time, Mammy had stood over Babi and said in a mincing way,That's your business, isn't it, cousin? To make nothing your business. Even your own sons going to ...
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“in that way” - Which of the following three sentences is more correct to convey the desired meaning?

I'm not asking for a proof reading. And to further clarify, the Context is there to only provide context. I ask you to please ignore any perceived mistakes in the Context (located underneath the ...
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Use of … all are?

Is the all in "John, Bob, and Sue all are hungry" redundant? Does it mean anything beyond "John, Bob, and Sue are hungry"?
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How do I define a school which has an international licence?

How can I define a school or corporation which has an international licence? Can I use "holder" or is "holder" used for just a person? Which would be correct? Internationally licensed school ...
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Does my meaning come across clearly in this sentence?

‘He acknowledged, however, that this was probably nothing more than a self serving thought that belonged to him alone.’ Context: ‘He’ has just guessed (not aloud) what the body language of the person ...
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What is wrong with the sentence “There put a student an amazing answer to the test”? [closed]

Why is this sentence ungrammatical? There put a student an amazing answer to the test.
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Is it OK to use “if” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Is it OK to use "if" at the end of a sentence? e.g. I saw a professor once saying: They can withdraw the paper you don't go to the conference if.
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Information given versus given information

In exam question writing, suppose that some information is given for a question. When the question is referring to this information, which of the wording “Determine something based on the information ...
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comparative adjective + a + noun

a) When can I use "comparative adjective + a + noun" and when not? When can I add "a + noun" after "comparative adjective" and when not? b) What is the difference between "comparative adjective + a + ...
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About repeating nouns, adjs, and prepositions

Example 1: Historical economic data, meteorological data, and hydrological data were collected from various sources. Data referred here are all historical data. Should I repeat historical, and are ...
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Is“That the messages are written in simplified Chinese…confirm that the intended audience is Chinese tourists.” correct? [duplicate]

Methinks the sentence does not sound natural. I also think that there should be confirms instead of confirm (source): That the messages are written in simplified Chinese—Hong Kongers use ...
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“I you already know”: is this proper English?

I found this sentence in Terry Pratchett's "Interesting Times": (*) “Great wizard,” said Butterfly, bowing. “I you already know, but these two are Lotus Blossom and Three Yoked Oxen, other members ...
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“We interact daily” or “we daily interact”. Which is correct?

I'm writing a piece and twice people have "corrected" this phrase We interact daily with... to We daily interact with... Is this a real correction? It feels that the former is correct, while ...
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my bank just sent a statement titled: Banking Done Different [duplicate]

Is it ever correct to write Banking Done Different? I am surprised to find this printed at the top of my savings account statement
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“Against whom” vs “Whom against”

Against whom are you playing? Whom against are you playing? (Some better way to say this) Can anyone explain which sentence is the exactly correct one, or provide one that is? Does the order of the ...
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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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Is it permitted to put the subject after a copula instead of before it?

For instance, can one say “Smart is the Eastern system”?
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Word order after the word “or” [closed]

Does "or" change the word order back to normal in case of a question? Is sentence A or B correct? A)Take me as your addiction ... or can't you become dependent on me? B)Take me as your addiction ... ...
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Which “not” is not in the proper place: “Not only does (not) she (not) know, but also …” [closed]

I know that whenever we bring "not only" at the beginning of a sentence, what comes after it has to be in question form. Now, I'm having a problem with the negative form of this question. Which one ...
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Verb order — which way is right?

In the sentence: "Over the airwaves, following a commercial, played the melancholy piano chords from Moonlight Sonata." — Can "play" go in that position? It does sound strange to me, but if I ...
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How does the “reverse syntax” in Middle English work?

I was reading the Romance of Tristan and I came across the passage: "Therefore did Tristan claim justice and the right of battle and therefore was he careful to fail in nothing of the homage he owed ...
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Should I use “We then” instead of “Then we” [closed]

In one academic paper I wrote "Then we ...", but the editor suggested me to change it into "We then ...". I would like to know if the former is really unnatural or both are acceptable.
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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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Does word order matter when using names?

Does word order matter when mentioning names? Once I am ready with basic groundwork, I will discuss it with Travis, Nick and you. Once I am ready with basic groundwork, I will discuss it with ...
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Why do “X associate” and “associate X” have such different meanings?

This answer describes the American English term "stock associate", as meaning a relatively low paid store worker who fills shelves. By contrast, high status work seems to have the job descriptor ...
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Interchanging “if” and “then”

AFAIK, normally one would write: "If c is zero and b nonzero or b2=4 a c, then and only then there exists a unique solution of 0=a+bx+cx2." Is it possible to interchange the if and the ...
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“selling mobile phone brand” or “mobile phone selling brand”? [closed]

"The other three top selling mobile phone brands between 2009 and 2013 were LG, ZTE and Apple" I would like to ask if I can write " ... three top mobile phone selling brands..." Is it grammatically ...

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