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Grammarly’s digital writing assistant helps over 20 million people write more clearly and effectively every day, across multiple platforms and devices.

Can I write like this instead? What is the subtle difference in meaning if I write it like this? Does the information become essential if I write it before the main clause?

Across multiple platforms and devices, Grammarly’s digital writing assistant helps over 20 million people write more clearly and effectively every day.

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Normally I would say yes, you can write it that way, and it doesn't mean anything different, nor does it infer any part of it is more essential than another.

  • Around the world, Grammarly helps millions of users.
  • Grammarly helps millions of users around the world.

These two examples mean the same.

However, your example includes technical detail - it speaks about users and platforms - so you need to make sure it makes technical sense as well as grammatical sense. Who or what is spread across "platforms" - Grammarly, or the users? If the users are across platforms, then it should be left as it is. Your edit suggests that Grammarly is operating across platforms, which some might argue is not possible - the same product might be coded multiple different ways to work on different platforms, but the software itself does not cross over from one to another. Just a thought.

Also people tend to remember what was said last - so it depends whether you want the 20 million users or the multiple platforms to stick in people's minds.

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  • I thought making the last part appear at the front emphasizes that part. – Meraki Nov 26 '19 at 9:06
  • @Meraki That part is debatable I suppose - it depends on how long the statement is. When you give a lot of information all in one sentence you can only hope that your audience retains it all. – Astralbee Nov 26 '19 at 9:17

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