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    adverb

    You simply can go on with your work.
    Why not "can simply"? the placement should be can + adverb + verb, shouldn't it?
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    Re: adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by feisoar View Post
    You simply can go on with your work.
    Why not "can simply"? the placement should be can + adverb + verb, shouldn't it?
    thank you
    Welcome to the forums.
    Yes, it should be "can simply", NOT "simply can".

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    Re: adverb

    However, under negation, the situation changes:

    ?!? You simply can go on with your work. (I don't think an English speaker would say this. Well, it would need a special emphasis on simply.)

    You simply cannot go on with your work!

    You cannot simply go on with your work.

    The explanation of why this is so is not easy!

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