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I've found a newspaper caption reading:

They organised on Monday a meeting.

I would have expected the caption to be

They organised a meeting on Monday.

Which one of the above is correct?

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    Welcome here! Are you asking about they vs. we or about the placement of the time phrase? Btw, you question could benefit from a bit of formatting to clarify what exactly are the quotes.
    – Stephie
    Mar 3 '15 at 10:42
  • Sorry in both cases the subjects are They. And asking about the time phrase
    – foysol
    Mar 3 '15 at 10:55
  • ...organised on Monday a meeting vs organised a meeting on Monday
    – foysol
    Mar 3 '15 at 10:57
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    Are you sure the direct object wasn't longer? It is a bit odd as it is written in the question, because the diret object is too short. Consider They organised on Monday a meeting of the 27th International Proletariate Guardian Readers Convention, which sound much better! Mar 4 '15 at 13:58
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You are right. The standard English is:

They organized a meeting on Monday.

Or:

On Monday, they organized a meeting.

By the way, I don't know who wrote the caption you saw, but it is not surprising to see English learners putting adverbials in non-standard sentence positions, because English grammar often allows them to be placed in multiple locations.

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