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I am trying to figure out what is the best place for the word "however" in the sentence "We must acknowledge that". I've found occurrences of each order on the Internet.
So I'm wondering which is the most idiomatic wording and if there is a difference (in terms of meaning) between them?

  • However, we must acknowledge that...
  • We however must acknowledge that...
  • We must however acknowledge that...
  • We must, however, acknowledge that...
  • We must acknowledge, however, that...
  • This is a matter of style and emphasis depending what you are trying to communicate. – user3169 May 29 '17 at 18:22
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    Choices 1, 4 and 5 are all okay. They all mean the same thing. Choice 1 would be preferred if there was some reason to draw attention to the contrast right at the beginning of the sentence, but this could depend on a million things. If you said "We, however, must acknowledge..." it would sound as if a contrast was being drawn between "us" and other people, which might sometimes be the intended meaning, but usually not. – user49640 May 29 '17 at 21:09

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