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    Is there any difference in the meanings of:
    1-Unjustly, they won the match.
    2-They unjustly won the match.
    3-The won the match unjustly.

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    Not really, though I'd go for 3.

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    Default Re: unjustly

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Is there any difference in the meanings of:
    1-Unjustly, they won the match.
    2-They unjustly won the match.
    3-The won the match unjustly.
    The first is most likely a sentence adverb. The speaker thinks it was unjust; it does not necessarily refer to the method of winning.

    The second two more clearly refer to the method by which the match was won.

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    Thanks Mike.
    In which case does one get the impression that they cheated (they were unjust), and in which case does one get the impression that the winning was unjust without their having necessarily cheated (they got lucky or the referee didn't do his job properly)?

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    It doesn't necessarily mean there was any cheating.

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    Thanks TDOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks Mike.
    In which case does one get the impression that they cheated (they were unjust), and in which case does one get the impression that the winning was unjust without their having necessarily cheated (they got lucky or the referee didn't do his job properly)?
    I agree with TDOL, but the second two give the impression that something untoward happened during the match. :wink:

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