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For example:

He spoke optimistically to the people.
vs.
He spoke to the people optimistically.
vs.
He optimistically spoke to the people.
vs.
Optimistically, he spoke to the people.

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  • I did a google search, but I could not find anything conclusive. – Elle Jan 8 '18 at 16:53
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    All of the above are correct. It would be a matter of context and style and emphasis when to use any of them.You might wish to add a comma here and there. – user63615 Jan 8 '18 at 17:18
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    It's an awkward thing to google. I'd say that they are all grammatical, and none of them leap out as being inherently preferable. – Max Williams Jan 8 '18 at 17:18
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    There can be a difference in meaning depending on whether the adverb precedes or follows the verb. After the verb, the optimism informs the content of speech; before the verb, it can be his motivation for speaking or his hope for results. – KarlG Jan 8 '18 at 17:29
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Place adverbs as close as possible to the words they are supposed to modify. Putting the adverb in the wrong spot can produce an awkward sentence at best and completely change the meaning at worst.

Quoting from the following link:
https://www.grammarly.com/blog/adverb/

In accordance with the above, the following seem most accurate:

  • He spoke optimistically to the people.
  • He optimistically spoke to the people.
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    Welcome to EL&U. Thanks for including a reference. Your answer could be improved by rewording it so it answers the original question on whether to put the adverb before or after. – Rupert Morrish Jan 8 '18 at 19:00

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