1) It was well planned /thought out.

2) It was Planned /thought out well.

Off and On I see the number (1) sentences. My question is, Is the number (2) correct with same meaning? If not, then why?

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    Of your four permutations, only It was well planned is idiomatically natural (It was planned well is "valid", but relatively unlikely compared to the former). The valid version using thought is It was well thought out Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 16:35
  • This isn't a matter of "grammar" - it's just a matter of which forms are idiomatically established (and therefore preferred, more likely). An easy way to get a feel for native speaker preference is to compare 34,000 hits for was well planned against just 2730 for was planned well (and note that many of the latter will be ...well in advance, well over a year ago, etc., so it's even less common than the bare figures might suggest). Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 16:49

1 Answer 1

  • Construction 1

It was [AdjP].

This adjective phrase was constructed using the past-participle form of the verb and headed by a modifier - an adverb here.

well planned => AdjP

It was [well planned].

  • Construction 2

It was Past-Participle_form_of_verb + adverb.

This adverb says how the action/process took place.

It was [planned] [well].

It was well planned.

It was planned well.

Both of them have the same meaning. Neither is more correct than the other.

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