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    Default adverbs II

    Which is correct:
    1-Tear gas was indiscriminately sprayed on the protesters.
    2-Tear gas was sprayed indiscriminately on the protesters.
    3-Tear gas was sprayed on the protesters indiscriminately.

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    They are all correct.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    They are all correct.

    :)
    Indeed they are. :wink:

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    And quite right too.

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    Thank you Ronbee, Mike and TDOL.
    I realized that I had left one possibilty out.
    Could you tell me if this one is correct:

    4-Indiscriminately, tear gas was sprayed on the protesters.

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    I don't like it greatly. It's trying to be a sentence adverb modifying the whole sentence to express the writer's view, but it doesn't really cut the mustard for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thank you Ronbee, Mike and TDOL.
    I realized that I had left one possibilty out.
    Could you tell me if this one is correct:

    4-Indiscriminately, tear gas was sprayed on the protesters.
    That might work better in the active voice, thus:
    • Indiscriminately, they sprayed teargas on the protesters.

    I still can't say that I'm happy with it.

    :(

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    Well, let's say that explains why I had forgotten it in the first place!
    (I am trying to act as if ...)

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    I do agree with Ron that it is a bit better in the active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thank you Ronbee, Mike and TDOL.
    I realized that I had left one possibilty out.
    Could you tell me if this one is correct:

    4-Indiscriminately, tear gas was sprayed on the protesters.
    I agree with Ron and TDOL. Since the sentence adverb has become accepted, these opening adverbs can be confusing. The other positions would be better. :wink:

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