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    Default position of 'rarely"

    Question #: 9: It is correct to say I go out at night rarely.
    User's answer: False
    Correct answer: True

    I answer "False", but according to this it was correct to say.....but I though you have to place rarely before "go".

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    Default Re: position of 'rarely"

    Who said or in what source did you read that it was correct?

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    Default Re: position of 'rarely"

    It might be considered technically correct, but it is an awkward construction. You could say "I go out at night occasionally" or "I go out at night often," and both would be correct, so I suppose you could put "rarely" there too. It doesn't sound right, but as far as I can tell it could be correct to put the adjective at the end of the sentence.

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    Default Re: position of 'rarely"

    Quote Originally Posted by JoelTC View Post
    It doesn't sound right, but as far as I can tell it could be correct to put the adjective at the end of the sentence.
    You have a typo there. "Rarely" is an adverb.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: position of 'rarely"

    Quote Originally Posted by JoelTC View Post
    It might be considered technically correct, but it is an awkward construction. You could say "I go out at night occasionally" or "I go out at night often," and both would be correct, so I suppose you could put "rarely" there too. It doesn't sound right, but as far as I can tell it could be correct to put the adjective at the end of the sentence.
    "Technically" (to use your term) It isn't correct. The adverb of frequency, "rarely", should in this example, precede
    the verb as "I rarely go out at night".

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    Default Re: position of 'rarely"

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Technically" (to use your term) It isn't correct. The adverb of frequency, "rarely", should in this example, precede
    the verb as "I rarely go out at night".
    It may go at the end only rarely, but it's fine when it does. It is not incorrect in BrE.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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