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    Hello all,

    I've been asked a question by a friend that I was hoping you might have some thoughts on.

    The question is:
    Think of a grammar rule which you were once taught. What are the limitations of this rule when you look at 'real language'? In what circumstances would it be appropriate to teach the rule? Outline ONE way you might introduce the rule your learners, and explain why you would do this.

    I am thinking about suggesting that adverbs of frequency are normally placed before the main subject, however, they can also be put at the start of a sentence.

    For example, 'Mark usually goes to bed at 11pm'. Would become, 'Usually Mark goes to bed at 11pm'.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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    What about adverbs like never which behave differently at the beginning of a sentence?

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    Or: negative question-tags always following an affirmative utterance, and affirmative question tags always following a negative utterance?

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll pass them on.

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