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    Order Question

    Where is Gary? Gary is at the library studying or Gary is studying at the library.

    Which is the correct answer?

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    Re: Order Question

    Gary is studying at the library.

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    Re: Order Question

    Why is this one correct?

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    Re: Order Question

    Either order is correct, but I think I'd put a comma after "library" in the first one.

    The overall meaning is identical - a shade of difference could be that the first emphasizes where he is, and the second emphasizes what he's doing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Order Question

    Both are correct. However, you can't write "Gary is at the library studying." It is grammatically incorrect, requiring the use of a punctuation mark.

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    Re: Order Question

    Hello Ibski,
    As Barb said, they're both correct and mean exactly the same thing without any additional punctuation. However, by adding a comma after library, you change the emphasis.

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    Post Re: Order Question

    Quote Originally Posted by lbski14 View Post
    Where is Gary? Gary is at the library studying or Gary is studying at the library.

    Which is the correct answer?
    Gary is studying at the library.[correct answer]

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