What is "most" correct - and is there a grammatical difference - between these to sentences?

  • "You can join us later."
  • "You can later join us."

To me, the first seems more correct... but I'm not a native English-speaker...

Also, is one "more" active and the other passive? Is there a term for this?

BTW, would may fit better than can in the above examples? I know "can" is more for being physically able to, while "may" is more for being allowed to - and maybe wanting to...

  • For can/may see this answer
    – None
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 8:05
  • I cant understand "is one "more" active and the other passive?"
    – Cardinal
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 8:57
  • @Cardinal I was just wondering if it could be something similar to active/passive, eg "Our troops defeated the enemy" (a) vs "The enemy was defeated by our troops" (p) Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 9:31
  • Passive sentences with modals follow this rule: Modals + be + Past Participle. So It is obvious that It is not a passive sentence.
    – Cardinal
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 9:41
  • I think you want to make clear that the verb join can be both transitive and intransitive.
    – Cardinal
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 9:52

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The usual place for an adverb of this type is at the end of the clause. Your second example is grammatical, but is very rarely used (Google Ngram viewer), and sounds awkward. Have you found a sentence like your second example in a textbook or test, or in real life? I can't think why any source would include such a sentence.

  • I found a similar sentence in a fanfiction-story... It just sounded "awkward" to me, but at the same time it seemed grammatically-correct - or at least valid. Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 9:36

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