I've faced two different orders in the same guide:

  1. "Can he be still working?"
  2. "Can they still be sleeping?"

Could you tell me why there is a difference? Maybe one of the sentences is composed incorrectly?

  • It's better to use adverbs like still before the copula. – Robusto Sep 27 '17 at 13:59
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    In #1, the grouping is (still working), not (be still). Likewise, #2's grouping is (be sleeping), not (still be). So if you're focusing on "be", your question is really about whether someone can "be" (still working) and whether they can still "be" (sleeping). – Lawrence Sep 27 '17 at 15:06

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