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I have this sentence

They vary mainly in the degree of automation they provide by reducing human efforts as much as possible.

But as I know adverbs come before the verb, could it be

They mainly vary in the degree of automation they provide by reducing human efforts as much as possible.

If no, what makes the exception here?

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If they vary in several ways (let's say cost, durability, and range of colors) but the greatest variation is in cost:

They vary mainly in cost.

Mainly applies to the prepositional phrase complement of vary.

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  • Thank you, could you give a compliment example when "mainly" comes before "vary"?
    – Ahmad
    Jun 21, 2015 at 14:10
  • The data show that under certain circumstances the efficiency of these two engine designs is similar (both are inefficient at extreme temperatures) but under typical operating conditions, and with the same fuel mixture, the efficiency of the designs mainly varies.
    – TimR
    Jun 21, 2015 at 14:15

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