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I have some trouble with putting an adverb to a sentence. Which one is correct in the following sentences.

  • This fire extinguisher is to be used only in an emergency.

Or

  • This fire extinguisher is to be only used in an emergency.

I studied the adverbs part in a grammar book. It says that the adverb is located after "be verb" and before other verbs.

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Your first example is correct:

"This fire extinguisher is to be used only in an emergency."

Alternatively, you could say:

"This fire extinguisher is only to be used in an emergency."

Both mean essentially the same thing and would be clearly understood by a native speaker.

Your second example, however, is not what a native speaker would say:

"This fire extinguisher is to be only used in an emergency."

I believe it to be grammatically correct but it would not be said this way by a native speaker.

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  • Thank you very much for your help.
    – Kihwan Kim
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 15:51
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The 1st one sounds correct and 2nd doesn't. 2nd. one could maybe say "This Fire extinguisher is ONLY to be used in an Emergency."

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