It seems correct to say

The casualty count was initially reported to be 50.

But while “The box was initially moving to the left” sounds correct, what about this sentence?

The box was initially moving.

And which of these is correct?

The casualty count was initially reported to be 50.    OR
The casualty count was initially reported as 50.

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    We could address this more usefully if you explained where you see a difficulty in these sentences. – StoneyB on hiatus Dec 23 '13 at 12:43
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    The box was initially moving sounds like a statement of initial conditions in a physics problems (and perfectly grammatical): I computed the final velocity as 50 m/s. I assumed the box was initially moving because the person dropped it from the moving train as it went over the bridge. – Jim Dec 23 '13 at 20:49
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    I think this question is confusing because it's actually asking two questions: 1) what is the preferred/correct location of "initially"? 2) is it correct to say "report as"? The second question is readily answered here – Nico Mar 23 '14 at 17:07

"The box was initially moving." is a perfectly fine sentence grammatically, but it might not make much sense in most contexts. Like Jim mentioned in the comments, this would probably be most likely seen in a physics word problem.

I'm not an expert, but I do believe the last two sentences are also fine. I don't know if you're looking at a multiple choice question which forces you to pick between those two sentences, but if I had to guess, I would pick the first one. My reasoning is that although the second sentence looks correct, it's somewhat unusual to replace an infinitive with "as." I do think the second sentence is correct, mind you, I'm just not sure if it's a forced choice (since you capitalized and italicized the "or"). I believe it's being used as a preposition here, and it's in accordance with this definition:

  1. In a manner similar to; the same as: On this issue they thought as one.

My reasoning here being that the structure of this example sentence and your last two sentences is the same around the word "as."

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


"initially " is adverb so in context: They are moving initially to NEW York


"initial " is adjective that means first : Initial sales figures have been very

good.IS your initial moving to NEW YORK city ?

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    I can parse "Is your initial moving New York City?" but it seems awkward / unidiomatic. – snailcar Dec 23 '13 at 8:59
  • Adding to to Is your initial moving to New York City? makes me unable to parse it anymore. – Damkerng T. Dec 24 '13 at 8:10
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    I think it should be "Is your initial move to New York City". A general rule is: don't use gerunds as nouns if there's an existing noun in English that works better. In this case, it confused people. – Peter Shor Dec 24 '13 at 13:41

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