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    adverbs of frequency, word order

    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.

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    Re: adverbs of frequency, word order

    Why not? It can go before the negative as well.

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    Re: adverbs of frequency, word order

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why not? It can go before the negative as well.
    It CAN go or HAS TO go before a negative verb?

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    Re: adverbs of frequency, word order

    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.

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    Re: adverbs of frequency, word order

    OK, thank you :)

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