Why does the adverb "usually" not stand between "don't" and "count"?
Footnotes usually don't count in the number of words in an assignment.
(from: http://www.usingenglish.com/members/tests/ - the first test - Academic English)
Why not? It can go before the negative as well.
The normal word order would be after 'don't'. There's a very slight shift in meaning, I think; by moving it before the negative, the negative points more at the verb than the adverb. However, it's so slight that I find it hard to explain.
Last edited by Tdol; 26-Mar-2007 at 07:30.
OK, thank you :)