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    Question can and also

    Hello there,
    Which one is correct?

    1. I can also.....
    OR
    2. I also can....


    Thank You

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    Default Re: can and also

    They're both used, but 'can also' is much more common- there are 3612 examples in the British National Corpus against 54 for 'also can'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're both used, but 'can also' is much more common- there are 3612 examples in the British National Corpus against 54 for 'also can'.
    Google agrees:

    Web Personalized Results 1 - 10 of about 248,000,000 for "can also".

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 23,300,000 for "also can".

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    Default Re: can and also

    Nice to see them in agreement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Nice to see them in agreement.
    Ladies and Gentlemen, there's a lot of agreement in the room.

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    Mike, do you use http:view.byu.edu? I love it- nice alternative to Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Mike, do you use http:view.byu.edu? I love it- nice alternative to Google.
    I use it occasionally, but it is mostly British. For me, Google satisfies 99% of my "does this exist" questions. I also find the BNC to be too small at times to produce meaningful differences in frequency.

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    Default Re: can and also

    The American Bank of English is under construction. When complete, it would be nice to be able to run the two together to compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The American Bank of English is under construction. When complete, it would be nice to be able to run the two together to compare.
    Yes, that should be interesting. Do you know what size it will be?

    A hundred million words seems like a lot of words (and it is), but Google now searches over 9 billion pages (with many words per page).

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    Default Re: can and also

    They're aiming for something along the lines of the BNC: American National Corpus

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