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  • I went straight home after the lesson.

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  • I went home straight after the lesson.

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    Default Position of adverb

    The first one sounds unnaturally for me, but a reference book shows that it is correct.
    I still prefer the second one as it sounds right and grammatically right for me.

    But I still need your advice.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Suppose I am being questioned by the police about my whereabouts when a crime was committed. The lecture finished at 1 p.m. and a computer was stolen from the school at 1.30 p.m. I assert that I was not in the school grounds at that time because straight after the lecture finished, I went home. Hence, I would say to them:
    I went home straight after the lesson.

    Say the crime was robbing a small shop a few blocks away from the school at 1.30 p.m. I finished school at 1 p.m. so I could have done it after the lecture had finished. But I assert that I went straight home, not stopping off or going any other place on my way home. I would say to them:
    I went straight home after the lesson.

    The position of 'straight' depends on whether I am stressing that I went directly to my home, or that I went home directly after the lecture finished.
    Last edited by David L.; 25-Mar-2008 at 03:10.

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    I'm not a teacher, but I agree 100% with DavidL. "I went straight home after the lesson" = " I did not go anywhere else", "I went home straight after lesson" = "I went home as soon as the lesson had finished, immediately, without any delay."

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but I agree 100% with DavidL. "I went straight home after the lesson" = " I did not go anywhere else", "I went home straight after lesson" = "I went home as soon as the lesson had finished, immediately, without any delay."
    In Canada, and I think also in America, people wouldn't say "I went home straight after the lesson". They would say, "I went home (right)(immediately) after the lesson.

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    Thank you for your replies.I have comprehended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankOse View Post
    Thank you for your replies.I have comprehended.
    You're welcome. But I would like to ask you why you wrote "I have comprehended."

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    2006Re: Position of adverb
    Quote:
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    Thank you for your replies.I have comprehended.

    You're welcome. But I would like to ask you why you wrote "I have comprehended."

    Is it wrong to say " I have comprehended"? Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    2006Re: Position of adverb
    Quote:
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    Thank you for your replies.I have comprehended.

    You're welcome. But I would like to ask you why you wrote "I have comprehended."

    Is it wrong to say " I have comprehended"? Please.
    Hi, Puzzle!

    Common usage would be: "Thank you for your replies. I understand (what you are saying)!"

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    2006Re: Position of adverb
    Quote:
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    Thank you for your replies.I have comprehended.

    You're welcome. But I would like to ask you why you wrote "I have comprehended."

    Is it wrong to say " I have comprehended"? I would say it is wrong because it is an inappropriate use of perfect tense and past tense. 'I comprehend.' would be correct but, as amigos4 said, "I understand." is the best way to express the meaning.
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