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    I have noticed a change in her appearance. (lately) This exercise from a grammar book.
    I have lately noticed a change in her appearance.
    I have noticed lately a change in her appearance.
    I have noticed a change in her appearance lately.
    Lately I have noticed a change in her appearance. In these sentence, which one is correct? In my views I feel every sentence is correct.
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    Default Re: about adverb

    An adverb can modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb, a phrase, or a clause. An adverb indicates manner, time, place, cause, or degree and answers questions such as "how," "when," "where," "how much".
    If I had to pick just one sentence, I would opt for:
    "Lately, I have noticed a change in her appearance."
    Here is a great site that explains adverbs quite well. What is an Adverb?

    John

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    Default Re: about adverb

    [QUOTE=edmondjanet;843604]

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I do not know whether it is correct or not, but a book entitled Making Sense of

    Grammar by Mr. J. R. LeMaster gives an opinion that I am happy to pass on to you for

    your consideration.

    (2) Mr. LeMaster feels that sometimes (often?) if the adverb comes first or last, then

    it is really a complement. That is, it is essential in order to express the full meaning

    of the verb; if the adverb comes before the verb, it is "only" a modifier.

    (3) Lately, I have noticed a change in her appearance.
    I have noticed a change in her appearance lately.

    Maybe Mr. LeMaster would feel that in those positions, the adverb is somehow

    essential to fully expressing the verb "noticed." In other words, the full meaning of the

    verb "noticed" would not be "complete" [complement] if you left out "lately."

    (3) I have lately noticed a change in her appearance.

    Maybe Mr. LeMaster would say that an adverb in such a position could be

    deleted (erased) and the sentence would still reflect the general meaning of your

    sentence. In other words, "lately" is not absolutely necessary in order to give the

    meaning that you have in your mind.

    P.S. I think that some experts also say that sometimes a good author places an adverb in a particular place because the author simply likes the sound of the sentence when the adverb is placed there!

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