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I have written this:

Fiona silently takes in the sight of the city.

Is 'silently' placed correctly? Could I also place it at the end of the sentence?

Fiona takes in the sight of the city silently.

  • I think I might have put silently first but differences here are fairly marginal. – mdewey Nov 23 '20 at 15:11
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You can put silently in 3 different places in this sentence:

  • At the beginning:

Silently, Fiona takes in the sight of the city.

  • In the middle (like you did):

Fiona silently takes in the sight of the city.

  • At the end:

Fiona takes in the sight of the city silently.

There are no big differences in the meaning of these 3 sentences, but personally I would use the second one or at least the first one.

Check out this explanation from Cambridge dictionary on "how to order an adjective": Order of adjectives

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    I think silently is an adverb, not an adjective. – mdewey Nov 23 '20 at 17:19
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    I would say there are some significant differences in the different expressions. For example, the third example places much more emphasis on the fact that she is doing it silently. – Chris Mack Nov 23 '20 at 22:30
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Putting "silently" at the end of the sentence is perfectly fine but most people would put it before "takes".

Modifiers usually come before the word being modified, so "Fiona silently takes in the sight of the city" sounds more natural.

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