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A. I will look further into the matter.

B. I will further look into the matter.

C. I will look into the matter further.

Which is grammatically correct? And Is there a difference in meaning?

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  • I will look into the matter further.
    – user3169
    Sep 29, 2016 at 21:57
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    Either A or C is idiomatic. B could be interpreted as Not only that, but I will look into the matter. It's not idiomatic in English. Note that this is a very formal way of expressing your thought; more informally, we might say "I'll see what else I can find out" or "I'll look into it." Sep 29, 2016 at 22:07
  • B is wrong here. I will, furthermore, look into the matter.
    – Lambie
    Sep 30, 2016 at 0:34
  • @P.E.Dant - I agree with everything you said (except the part about the expression being very formal), and invite you to turn your comment into an answer.
    – J. Doe
    Oct 10, 2016 at 14:36

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A is correct, C is correct but used less frequently. B is something that, as a native speaker, I find difficult to say without it feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

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  • I think I've actually heard all three, but B sounds almost like corporate scripting vs natural English speech.
    – TecBrat
    Jan 16, 2017 at 16:43
  • I don't agree that C is used less frequently. See this NGram, which supports my sense that look into [the matter] has become a "standard sequence" that native speakers increasingly avoid breaking into with an adverb. Feb 21, 2017 at 14:38
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I don't recall hearing B used in conversation. It is valid to use A and C interchangeably. In conversation one may prefer A or C based on context.

A may imply one overlooked or missed a potentially important aspect of the subject.

B may imply awareness or priority of the subject has been raised.

Examples of context:

"I was unaware this problem was impacting you. I will look into the matter further."

"The problem is more complicated than we expected. I will look further into the matter."

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