(A) You possibly/probably should


(B) You should possibly/probably

I'm more used to the latter (the ones in B), but can I have a couple of examples for the first one (the ones in A)?

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    The meanings of "possible" and "probable" are different enough that a dictionary should give you an answer. – Andrew Apr 3 '17 at 1:59
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    @Andrew: I think you (and J.R.) have mistaken what the question is asking about as being about possibly vs probably, when it's actually about word order for both possibly and probably when combined with "should". – Nathan Tuggy Apr 3 '17 at 7:41
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    @NathanTuggy it's possibly/probably because of Jake's use of "the latter" which suggests he thinks B is more appropriate. – Andrew Apr 3 '17 at 13:53

In most cases adverbs (possibly/probably) come after the verb.

  • You should possibly/probably - is better in most circumstances.

The choice of (A) would be appropriate if you wish to emphasize or stress something.

  • You should go for a walk and rest a little!
  • Yes. I probably should do it!

Note! Here, the word order of choice (A) is appropriate:

  • You should probably do take the bus instead."
  • Yes. I probably should."

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