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This tag is used for questions about "adverb placement" (also known as "adverb position" or "position of adverbs"). Grammar books generally group the placement into 3 possible positions: front-position (before the subject), mid-position (between the subject and the verb), and end-position (after the verb or the object).

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"They ventured nervously into the water." & "He nervously ventured out onto the ice."— Difference between "ventured nervously" & "nervously ventured"?

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 ...
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position of adverb 'extremely'

The following is a sorting question from "Great Writing 5"(National Geographic) to persuade/ it can be/ higher taxes/ to vote for/ difficult/ citizens/ extremely In the given sentences, the ...
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Why is placing an adverb before infinitives sometimes natural, but sometimes awkward?

The following sentences are quoted from an blog post discussing adverb positions for infinitives: GOOD: I want you personally to supervise the work that is to be done. AWKWARD: I want you carefully ...
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Is “either” or “too” better in "It's a no-go today ____"?

In this example, which of the appended words sound more natural: It’s a no-go today either It’s a no-go today too Does a comma after “today” change anything?
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Adverb "environmentally"

Are both the sentences expressing same thought? The plan is environmentally disastrous.                                   Vs Environmentally, the plan is disastrous.
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Is it correct to place "smiling" after the verb instead of at the end? "She reread smiling the typed note"

She reread the typed note, smiling. The phrase "the typed note" is serving as a direct object to the verb "reread" as it raises the question of what. While the participle "...
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accused me of lying justifiably

a. He accused me of lying justifiably. Is the above sentence ambiguous? I think that in theory it means: b. He accused me of justifiably lying. but I think in practice it can also mean (people use it ...
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Where should "well" be located? [closed]

Where should "well" go in this sentence to be idiomatic? Engineers do not evaluate well problems. Engineers do not evaluate problems well. Elsewhere?
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Where should "only" be in the sentence: " She died at age 21"?

I wrote an essay and in one sentence: "She died [only] at [only] age [only] 21" I don't know where the adverb "only" should be. Can someone help me?
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Placement of adverb and change in meaning

I know, that in English, changing the place of an adverb slightly changes the meaning of the sentence. For example: only. But for these three sentences, I can't get my head around the difference in ...
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Where should "in one country" be?

The two quoted ones are my rewrites. The bold one is the original. Where should I put "in one country"? What should it modify? I'm worried that, in my first version, "in one country&...
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still walks with a limp [closed]

a. He still walks with a limp. b. He walks with a limp still. c. He walks still with a limp. Are all of the above grammatically correct? Do they all mean the same? In there any difference in emphasis? ...
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Which is the best position for a modifying phrase coming from an adverb clause?

I forgot to call my brother because I was writing that email. [full sentence] if I wanted to change the adverbial clause to a modifying phrase, can I move it around the sentence? [Writing that email]...
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Temporarily - Adverb Placement

Where should adverb temporarily be placed in English? A can temporarily display B versus A can display temporarily B A can temporarily function versus A can function temporarily I am confused ...
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Comparison with as and than in the same sentence

For Chips, in any social or academic sense, was just as respectable, but no more brilliant, than Brookfield itself. (Ref. Novella Chips, Chapter # 2 ) In this sentence there is a comparison between ...
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where to put the adverb "often": the nuance

I heard that you can put adverbs basically anywhere. So, I tried to use one in an unusual way. Buses leave the station B often for station C. I think usually it would be like this: Buses often ...
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"Sometimes" in different positions

Are all three positions of sometimes common in both affirmative and negative sentences? Different native speakers share different opinions. To some the third sentence sounds wrong. Should it be ...
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Confusion in 'not' sentences

Read the following sentence. "He didn't play cricket because of Tim" This means he is playing cricket but it is not because of Tim What if i wanna say he is not playing cricket . The reason ...
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"are exaggeratedly spreading" or "are spreading exaggeratedly"--which placement of the adverb is correct?

In the phrase "negative comments are exaggeratedly spreading", is the adverb in the correct place? Would "negative comments are spreading exaggeratedly" be incorrect? Both examples ...
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Where is the correct place to put adverb in the following sentences

Which is correct? He bravely saved his neighbor from a fire. He saved his neighbor bravely from a fire. He saved his neighbor from a fire bravely. I am wondering where to put "bravely" in ...
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proper position of 'only' in this sentence

This is from a webpage. However, the DSA was only seen in ultrasonographic images in the 7 patients of IT group. If the author meant that the DSA was seen in IT group but not in the other group, I ...
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How to state "as I had no other choice" adverbially?

I am looking for an adverb which can be substituted for the following phrase defined within double quotation: Example 1) She said: I was s far away from my apartment and had lost my wallet. I didn't ...
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"firmly insist on your opinion" or "insist on your opinion firmly"?

Please could you help me to understand how's right way: You have to insist on your opinion firmly. You have to firmly insist on your opinion.
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Adverb placement: is it rule based or just how you use the symbol

10 years ago/later, which is 2010, the Avengers fought/ fights the villian Thanos. who else wants the burger? why else would he do that? Why are the adverbs later, ago, and else placed after 10 years, ...
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Position of the adverb: "The package was promptly sent" or "The package was sent promptly"?

What is the correct (or preferred) position of the adverb: before the verb (past participle) or after the verb (past participle)? More specifically, which of the following is correct (or preferred)? &...
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word usage “only”

I believe, Only mostly means as one of its kind. Correct me if I am wrong. Last week, I texted my friend asking her where she was she replied I am at home only. Sometimes I see people using it in ...
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How meanings differ if you put 'always' in: "{1}, seat belts {2} should {3} be {4} used {5}." [closed]

Possible positions: Always, seat belts should be used. Seat belts always should be used. Seat belts should always be used. Seat belts should be always used. Seat belts should be used always. ...
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I rewrote a nongrammatical sentence in a casual conversation

So, here’s another problem: how many people do you need in a room for there to be more than likely to have two people with the same birthday? I tried and rewrote the above sentence as below. 1. how ...
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It takes only one mistake vs it only takes one mistake

Both of these are correct, but does one have an emphasis that the other doesnt? Is one more powerful than another in the context of advice? How do the following two sentences differ? A) It takes only ...
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How to position adverb in this sentence?

In the following two sentences: I see in myself the ability to achieve great accomplishments. I see the ability to achieve great accomplishments in myself. Are these sentences grammatically correct?...
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Where the adverb of manner could be placed in this sentence

I'm looking for information about the position of adverbs of manner in a sentence. I looked up several pages related to adverb placements here, here, here and here. As I understood, adverbs of manner ...
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Always were or were always?

If I always were there, I would see everything. If I were always there, I would see everything. What difference does the position of "always" make for this kind of sentence?
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Is "really" used in the correct position in following sentence?

Have I used "really" correctly in the following sentence? I mean to say that many needs are not real, and we feel that need because of advertisements. Advertising on TV and the radio ...
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difference between when I use 'each' in the middle or at the end to refer to the subject of a clause

This article says 'each' usually appears in the normal middle position for adverbs when it is used to refer to the subject of a clause. dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/each Here is an ...
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might not be good VS might be not good

I've been taught that when making a negative with a sentence with a modal verb in it, not should be placed right after the modal verb as in She might not be good. But I wonder how about another ...
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What is the correct placement of "too" in a sentence when it means "in addition" or "also"?

Consider the following sentence: I have done my maths homework too. The sentence above can be used when I did my homework in addition to some other thing. For example, I have cleaned the house. I have ...
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I am always confused with adverb placement!

Which one is correct? Overall, it can be vividly seen that the aggregated number of marriages have witnessed considerable growth. Furthermore, the average age of marriage has also been increasing ...
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What is the natural position of 'single-handed(ly)' in this sentence?

There's some guy who's running around the top floors single-handedly trying to take down the terrorists as if he were Bruce Willis in Die Hard. There's some guy who's running around the top floors ...
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What is the correct position for “fairly” in this sentence?

In the following sentence, where is the correct position for adverb "fairly"? Although capitalism has increased life expectancies throughout the years, some antiglobalization movements have ...
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Question about using 'how many days' in interrogative sentences

As far as I observed people would use when instead, but still, I wonder if the sentences below are grammatically correct. How many days later will you come (back)? After how many days will you be ...
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order of adverbs and their effect on the meaning of sentece

Which order of adverbs is correct? but currently our educational programme just overloads but our educational programme currently just overloads I think the second one is a little bit awkward. If ...
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It will be correctly identified vs It will correctly be identified

I have two sentences 'It will correctly be identified as X.' and 'It will be correctly identified as X.' I was wondering is one of them incorrect grammatically perhaps? or do they both mean the same ...
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The position of "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram"

I'd like to learn what places fit "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram" in the following sentence. The internet brought new applications into our lives such as Google, Facebook, and ...
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Just not vs not just

Which sentence is correct? He might just not be expressing it. He might not just be expressing it. I want to say to a person that another person looks normal but might not be normal because he is ...
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Much of what he said I knew already

Much of what he said I knew already. Is there a specific reason for already not to be placed in mid position ...I already knew?
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Usually in my sentences

By moving the word "usually" does its emphasis change? "Usually I have dinner at 12." (Now I am having dinner at two) "Usually I don't have dinner at two". "I don'...
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Can someone explain this sentence from GREAT EXPECTATIONS?

And Explain its structure: It was a dirty place enough, and I dare say not unknown to smuggling adventurers; but there was a good fire in the kitchen, and there were eggs and bacon to eat, and ...
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Focusing adverb 'just'

To express only the thing I think is I fly in the air, is 'I think just that I fly in the air' grammatically correct? I wonder focusing adverbs can focus on not only phrases but clauses! https://www....
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Placement of 'approximately'

Can I use 'approximately' in 'he becomes approximately in his twenties' instead of 'he becomes in approximately his twenties?
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"She managed to successfully start her car" or "She managed to start her car successfully"

Are there any rules as to the position of an adverb? For example: She managed to successfully start her car She managed to start her car successfully Can I use either of them?
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