• "Something supposedly is true."
  • "Something is supposedly true."

Are both of these correct English? Is there any notable difference in their meanings?

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    They're both valid, and mean the same - but on average we put the adverbial element immediately after the verb (is, here). Check out this usage chart (looking at really rather than supposedly, but syntactically it's the same thing). Mar 6 at 17:27
  • The general rule (from which there are many variations, but you're asking a general question) is that adverbs go after the first auxiliary verb in the verb phrase. Mar 6 at 18:48
  • The placement of the adverb depends on whether it's modifying the verb or the adjective. But when the verb phrase is a form of "be <adjective>", there's not usually much difference and we usually put it before the adjective.
    – Barmar
    Mar 6 at 21:45


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