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oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com:
(1) They ventured nervously into the water.
my variant:
(2) They nervously ventured into the water.
What's the difference between (1) and (2)?

britannica.com:
(3) He nervously ventured out onto the ice.
my variant:
(4) He ventured nervously out onto the ice.
What's the difference between (3) and (4)?

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They ventured nervously into the water.

They nervously ventured into the water.

For both pairs, each example means the same as its counterpart, but ventured nervously is more common than nervously ventured.

Additional Information

A few other similar comparisons with different adverbs yield mixed results:

ventured carefully is more common than carefully ventured, but courageously ventured and quickly ventured are more common than their counterparts.

ventured recklessly caught up with recklessly ventured in the early 1900s, and the two constructions are about equally common in the past 40 years.

A broad-based comparison between ventured+ADV and ADV+ventured didn't yield results relevant to this question as the listed adverbs (the 10 most common occurrences) are not the forms derived from adjectives.

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