I have two sentences 'It will correctly be identified as X.' and 'It will be correctly identified as X.' I was wondering is one of them incorrect grammatically perhaps? or do they both mean the same thing without grammatical issues? Thank you!

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They are both fine grammatically. Actually, I would tend to use a third form:

It will be identified correctly as X.

But they all mean the same, and are all perfectly good English.


Both are incorrect. Until something is identified you cannot know what it will be.

'It will be correctly identified" is a correct statement

'It was correctly identified as X.' is a correct statement

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    I disagree. The question is about grammar, not semantics. "The moon is made of green cheese." is false, but it's grammatically fine.
    – tkp
    Jun 23 at 0:10
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    I can imagine a trial attorney arguing his case to the jury about a piece of evidence, saying, "It will be correctly identified as X by our next witness." Jun 23 at 2:10

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