Which of the following sentence would be correct, please explain and also tell about cases where each of the correct sentences can be used:

  • The number of employees should at least be 1.
  • The number of employees should be 1, at least.
  • The number of employees, at least, should be 1.

I personally think the 2nd sentence is wrong and 1st and 3rd options are correct.

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    "...should be at least one" seems the most idiomatic to me. The others are understandable, but don't sound at all natural. Mar 24, 2021 at 11:49

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The correct way to use the phrase is should be, at least because if you discover something that doesn't add up you would say " there should be, at least" followed by the value amount of emphasis partaining to amount.

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