Questions tagged [adverb-placement]

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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Choose correct sentence

He reached the village just when the sun was setting. When just the sun was setting he reached the village. When the sun was setting he just reached the village. He just reached the village when the ...
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Using While in a sentence

Today when I was watching Impractical Jokers, in an episode one of the guys was tasked with "hit on a girl while wearing a skirt and heels". Is it me or "while" here seems redundant? If I remove ...
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Placing an adverb between a verb and an object?

The rule: "We don’t put adverbs between the verb and the object" (Cambridge Dictionary) But some sentences confuse me : 1-He drew only a rabbit. (All he drew was a rabbit but he might have done ...
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Difference between so called and called so

What is the difference between so called and called so in the following sentences? The active voice is so called because the person denoted by the subject acts. The active voice is called so ...
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“probably have seen” or “have probably seen”?

Can we say that one of the the following sentences is more correct than the other? Is there any difference in meaning? 1) As you have probably seen, in that article he advocates free trade. 2) ...
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He arrived “breathless” at the top of the stairs

I came across this sentence when I looked up the word breathless in OALD: He arrived breathless at the top of the stairs. Why don’t they use breathlessly? I’ve learnt that there are some verbs ...
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“function models ONLY two variables at a time” vs. “function ONLY models two variables at a time” - place the adverb correctly

I read about using only in English. From my understanding, only is a modifier that it is placed next to a verb, a noun or a subject that need to be modified. I also learn that changing the place of ...
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barely had or had barely?

I'd like to know whether the order of "barely" and "had" can be turned around in the following: John had barely / barely had arrived home when / before the phone rang. I'd appreciate your help.
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“simply can not be” or “can not simply be”

I am looking into adverb order in sentences and came across the following one; There are things in this world which simply cannot be expressed in the form of words. I think the above should better ...
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Could have already been vs. could have been… already

Let's say you have watched a footage about aliens. It was compelling, but you don't believe that it was a real video of aliens, and you say: Nah, if that is true, it could have already been on the ...
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What is the correct placement of an adverb of degree/manner with an auxiliary verb and a main verb?

I have two questions relating to the sentence I wrote in bold. In 1990, the federal government eliminated its share of contributions to the UI program. And since then, UI has been entirely funded ...
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He closed the door CAREFULLY or He CAREFULLY closed the door

Which is considered as grammatical and better? He closed the door carefully Or He carefully closed the door This is about the adverb of manner (carefully), grammar rules indicate that the ...
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she really grew THAT nail THAT long

If you give comments on this and say: "Oh man! She really grew THAT nail THAT long?!" In uncommon situations, does it sound weird if you use ''THAT'' twice in a sentence?
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also have or have also

Some websites have varying answers regarding the placement of also(adverb) whether it should precede before the auxillary 'have' or after. Such as: Whoever was in your shoes, they would also have ...
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This is often vs This often is

Is it correct to write This often is done for something. rather than This is often done for something.
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As much hated as much loved

I have a question about the following sentences concerning the word much: He is as hated as loved. He is as much hated as loved. He is as hated as much loved. He is as much hated as much loved. ...
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Does English (proper) allow “sharp ass claws”

we know what a person means to say when they say "the guinea-pig has some sharp ass claws" but I was wondering if the term ass actually allowed in terms of proper english. if not, then this statement ...
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How the position of adverb affect the meaning of a sentence

1)The country girl cast down her eyes shyly; 2)The country girl shyly cast down her eyes. Are the two sentence both correct and equivalent in meaning?
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Would have never thought/would never have thought

I'd like to ask the correct placement of the adverb ''never'' in this sentence. (Excerpt from a book ''Start with why'') ''In the face of expanding competition in the airline industry, most air ...
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Correct use of adverbs

The hockey match between india and pakistan was much exciting. Here, i think there should be very at the place of much. If both are correct then what the difference in the meaning. Please explain.
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What determines the position of the adverb? Example: I could never learn to swim. or I never could learn to swim

What determines the position of the adverb? Example: I could never learn to swim. or I never could learn to swim.
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Placement of 'Immediately' in sentence

"That will be immediately taken care by user" "That will immediately be taken care by user" "That will be taken care of, immediately" Which one is correct?
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“Not a single customer comes by.” Is it correct?

Suppose I am bored because there are no customers at my work. Can I write Not a single customer comes by. How can we describe the basic grammar of this sentence? What kind of sentence part is not ...
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Is terribly used correctly here?

My English skills suck terribly. My English skills terribly suck. Is the adverb terribly properly used in the above sentences? On top of it, can I ask what difference is there? Thank you.
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“Quite” before an adjective

"THC has a quite precise modus operandi that taps into a specific brain function" In the above example (link), quite is used before the adjective precise But this OLD link says, When quite is ...
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I have long been looking for you/ l have been looking for you for long

I have long been looking for you/ l have been looking for you for long. Is their any difference in meaning?
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“is normally not meant to …” or “in not normally meant to …”?

Where to put the adverb normally in the following sentence. That is not normally meant to be offensive. or That is normally not meant to be offensive.
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Meaning of sentences talking about falling out of love

I don’t wanna wait another minute to find out whether you love me anymore Which one does the above sentence mean? Or other meaning? 1) I do not want to wait another minute anymore to find out ...
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Two adverbs in a row with “-ly”

It seems that two adverbs that both modify one verb can't go one after the other without a conjuction in-between: He was speaking slowly unusually. Meaning to say that he was speaking both slowly ...
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Which is correct, only ours or ours only?

There's a sentence : I feel like this place is ours. but the speaker actually felt the place was "only" for them, so I want to include the word in the sentence but don't know where to put it. (The ...
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Which action/verb in this sentence does “that deeply” modify?

I saw a sentence on OED: ‘It made his innards ache and his heart squeeze tightly with pain to feel the only woman he loved refuse him that deeply.’ It appears to me "that deeply" can only modify ...
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correct placement of “indefinitely”

I am going to put the adverb, indefinitely, in different places of a sentence. (1) My contract will indefinitely be renewed. (2) My contract will be indefinitely renewed. (3) My contract will be ...
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position of “appropriately”

Where to put "appropriately" in the following sentence? Through the prism of BanDura, we can yoke different methodologies together to attain low computational complexity or the necessary level of ...
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adverbs order in a sentence

1.Body movement takes place during sleep just before the REM stage. 2.Body movement takes place just before the REM stage during sleep. When there are two phrases of ''time adverbs'' in a ...
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Difference between “free now” and “now free”?

What is the difference between "free now" and "now free" ? For example- "It is free now" "It is now free" What is the differences between these two sentences verbally ? Some say, "now free" ...
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Adverbs of manner - position

I have a problem with identifying the positon of adverbs of manner in sentences. I don't know why they are placed like this. Let me have a look at the examples: She carefully looked at her ...
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Position of more with a verb

I want to say that I did something in a certain way and when I tried to do that with another method it didn't work. I wrote: So I tried the same in this other method and it didn't work more than ...
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The warden told the boys to (quickly?) clean their rooms (quickly?)

The warden told the boys to (quickly?) clean their rooms (quickly?). Which is the correct position to place adverb quickly? This is a sentence improvement question asked in my test, the actual ...
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Is the sentence incomplete without the use of There at the end of the sentence? What is the purpose?

SOURCE   (British Council LearnEnglish Teens) I was doing some reading on a web site. Here is the sentence that I am thinking why they have to put the adverb (There) at the ending of ...
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talk to you later today about … or talk to you about … later today

I am going to make up two sentences. I want to talk to you about my travel plan later today. I want to talk to you later today about my travel plan. Which one is grammatically correct?
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Placing 'supposedly' in a sentence

He left the party because he was supposedly ill, but really he didn't want to be there. He left the party because supposedly he was ill, but really he didn't want to be there. He left the ...
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The position of ALSO in a sentence

I chanced upon this helpful post and would like to ask if the position of the adverb "also" is just a stylistic preference and personal choice of a speaker, and there are no stringent rules of using ...
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place of adverbs

Dr Johnson justifiably anticipates further discoveries. The couple still spoke to each other civilly. Why do some adverbs follow the verbs while others precede the verbs? Is there any rule to ...
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possible for adverb to modify adverb before it?

Adverbs can modify other adverbs that come after it: "He moves very quickly." But is there an instance where an adverb, or adverbial phrase, comes after the adverb that it modifies, instead of before?...
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Position of prepositional/adverbial phrases in a sentence

Which of the sentences below is the most correct when asking for specific location, and why? Where in Australia do you live? Where do you live in Australia? Here, is 'In Australia' an adverbial ...
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Manually installed, or, Installed manually

I'm curious to know if there is a difference with regard to the order of these words (especially when they are at the end of a sentence).
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“Someone was refreshingly honest when […]”: is the adverb an obfuscated adjunct?

Please consider the following: (1) My colleague was refreshingly honest when I asked her for feedback. (2) It was refreshing to see my colleague being honest when I asked her for feedback. (3)...
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Using “Neither” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

Could you please explain the meaning of the sentence given below, and whether its grammar is appropriate and/or correct. Neither were the Jews the only group identified for total destruction ...
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The different positions of “only” in the same sentence

Is there any difference in the following sentences? This rule only applies to students This rule applies to students only This rule applies only to students If you don't mind, please ...
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Placement of “now” in negative sentences

I have no trouble with the placement of "now" in positive sentences. However, I am struggling with its placement in negative statements. I am going to make up three sentences with it. I am not ...