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    jkl is offline Member
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    Is the following sentences grammaticaly correct?

    I can't learn foreign languages quckly. Or It has to be written like " I don't learn foreign languages quickly.

    She had an accident. She is gradually improving.
    She had an accident. that's whay she is walking slowly.

    Please explain why Not "she is improving gradually" and she is slowly walking?

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    Default Re: gradually improving/walking slowly

    This is what I think:

    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    Is the following sentences grammaticaly correct?

    I can't learn foreign languages quckly. Or It has to be written like " I don't learn foreign languages quickly.

    To me both these sentences sound odd. I'd say 'I'm not good at learning foreign languages.

    She had an accident. She is gradually improving. (1)
    She had an accident. that's whay she is walking slowly. (2)

    Please explain why Not "she is improving gradually" and she is slowly walking?

    (1) Because by doing so you'd be laying unreasonable emphasis on the adverb (gradually, not quickly). While the focus of the sentence is 'improving', as opposed to worsening.

    (2) Here it's the opposite situation. The focus is 'slowly' (not quickly, because she hasn't fully recovered yet). If you put 'walking' at the end, then the meaning would be that 'she is slowly walking, not running, which is ridiculous.

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    Default Re: gradually improving/walking slowly

    Is the following sentences grammaticaly correct?

    Hey Dude,
    Don't mistake me. First of all this question is grammatically wrong. You should have asked, "Are these following sentences grammatically correct?".


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    Default Re: gradually improving/walking slowly

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    This is what I think:
    hi,
    your explanation seems to be a golden rule for a student! can I always apply it (the last word is the one that is supposed to have more emphasis) in order to find the correct position of the noun and the adverb in a sentence?
    thanks
    Last edited by jctgf; 22-May-2008 at 19:12.

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    Default Re: gradually improving/walking slowly

    I'm afraid you can't generalize this rule. There are a lot of other factors that influence the rheme of the sentence.

    E.g. A child can understand it.

    Here 'a child' is the focus, and it will be phonetically stressed in pronouncing the sentence. However if you replace 'a' with 'the', the focus will shift to the modal verb.

    The child can understand it.

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