Check out this place!
Check this place out!

Are the two sentences above both correct? and if so, do they have the exact same meaning?


Yes, they are both grammatical, and as far as I know they have the same meaning.

I think "Check this place out" is more common for prosodic reasons: it puts a strongly stressed word at the end. "Check out this place" puts emphasis on "this", and suggests "as opposed to [some other] place".

  • According to Google Ngrams, your conclusion about frequency is incorrect for general English, although correct for BrE. See my edited answer for a link. – David Siegel Jun 2 '19 at 0:24
  • I don't see any reason for the downvote here. – David Siegel Jun 2 '19 at 0:44
  • Ngrams might not reflect spoken word as well as it does written word. – Catskul May 3 at 21:11

Both are valid, and reasonably natural, if rather informal. The meanings are essentially the same. The first, with "place" at the end, may emphasize the place a bit more than the other. The second, ending with "out", is more strict;ly informal in usage.

a Google Ngram shows "check out this place" to be more than twice as frequent as "check this place out" in their collection of texts. However, in the "British" sub-collection, only the phrase "check this place out" occurs at all.

  • The GloWbE corpus disagrees. "Check out this place" has 13 instances (3 each frrom US and Singapore, 2 from Canada, and a few 1s). "Check this place out" has 60 ( 14 US, 8 Canada, 7 Australlia, 4-6 Far Eastern Englishes, 3 UK). I think the numbers are too small to conclude anything - unsurprising, since this is far less likely to be written than spoken. Google Ngrams is presumably from conversations in books. – Colin Fine Jun 2 '19 at 13:04

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