I understand from context that both are different, but what rule applies here? Is there a general case where you change the word order and you change the meaning?

  • You may get better suited help if you provide more context to those fragments. How do you plan to use them? Where did you encounter them?
    – virolino
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 8:50
  • Please, include the context!!
    – Quidam
    Commented Nov 1, 2019 at 12:04

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The statement

I will hopefully progress through high school

means that I hope (now) that I will progress through high school. On the other hand the statement

I will progress hopefully through high school

means that as I progress through high school I will be hopeful, most likely of achieving a high score that will give me entry into the university course I want.


We have to clarify one thing here.

progress hopefully

is more like an imperative to me, though it does sound extraordinarily quaint. Progress hopefully is an awkward attempt to say something like I hope you'll make progress. but it's not a sentence I would want to use. I would simply say Make the best of it! and that's it.

hopefully progress

can be applied in a sentence where there's a split infinitive. Once again, it still has a strange sound.

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