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    order of adverbs

    Hello,

    1. I want you to be always happy.

    2. I want you to always be happy.

    3. I want you to visit often to your elders.

    4. I want you to often visit to your elders.

    5. I want you often to visit to your elders.

    I think the sentences 1 and3 are OK, but I would like to ask if the rest of them grammatically OK or not.

    Thanks.

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    Re: order of adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    1. I want you to be always happy.

    2. I want you to always be happy.

    3. I want you to visit often to your elders.

    4. I want you to often visit to your elders.

    5. I want you often to visit to your elders.

    I think the sentences 1 and3 are OK, but I would like to ask if the rest of them grammatically OK or not.

    Thanks.
    With 3, 4 and 5, the problem is that we don't "visit to someone". We just "visit someone". I don't find the position of "often" very natural in any of those 3. I would put it at the end.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: order of adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With 3, 4 and 5, the problem is that we don't "visit to someone". We just "visit someone".
    We don't often visit our 'elders', either. In fact, I have never visited an 'elder' in my life.

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    Re: order of adverbs

    We don't often visit our 'elders', either. In fact, I have never visited an 'elder' in my life.
    Could you tell me why? I really don't understand it.

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    Re: order of adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Could you tell me why? I really don't understand it.
    We don't use the word 'elder' unless we are speaking of senior members of certain churches or tribes. Perhaps you mean 'elderly members of the family'.

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    Re: order of adverbs

    Thanks for the answers. Are the sentences 1 and 2 OK?

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    Re: order of adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answers. Are the sentences 1 and 2 OK?
    I would say "I want you to be happy all the time" or "I want you to be happy forever". I'm having trouble fitting "always" in there naturally. I would say that "I want you to be happy always" is the best position but I probably wouldn't use it.
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