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    Post adverbial before an object?

    Does placing an adverbial right before a object sound more formal and isn't very often done in informal speech, such as in these?

    "Consider now the decision..."
    (Would "Now, consider the decision..." be more common?)

    "You will find here the latest information..."
    (Would "Here, you will find the latest information..." be more common?)

    But why is it that "I read often books." and "She speaks correctly French." are incorrect but "Describe briefly the differences between..." and "Read with me this verse from..." are correct?

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    Default Re: adverbial before an object?

    The first two are more formal. The others don't work for me because they are different types of adverbs- an adverb of manner is not the same as an adverb of time.

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    Default Re: adverbial before an object?

    Do you mean that "Describe briefly the differences between..." and "Read with me this verse from..." are also incorrect? I've seen a sentence like "Describe briefly the..." in a textbook.

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    Default Re: adverbial before an object?

    'Describe briefly' is OK- it 'I read often books', which you had rightly marked as incorrect.

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    Default Re: adverbial before an object?

    I still don't know if "Read with me this verse from..." is correct or not.

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    Default Re: adverbial before an object?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen
    I still don't know if "Read with me this verse from..." is correct or not.
    Why, you still haven't told me if it's correct or not?

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    Default Re: adverbial before an object?

    Nothing wrong with it, but it might sound a little stilted in informal situations.

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