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    Someone/something could likely do something

    NFL.com news: Some teams just a QB away from returning to contention
    The Bengals could likely get a high pick -- although maybe not a first-rounder -- for Palmer if trades are allowed before the draft takes place.

    Cancer center could be announced
    In downtown Worcester, the hospital likely could choose from sites at Gateway Park, the CitySquare development where Unum Group is planning new offices, or Washington Square.

    - Someone/something could likely do something
    - Someone/something likely could do something


    Are both correct?

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    Re: Someone/something could likely do something

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    NFL.com news: Some teams just a QB away from returning to contention
    The Bengals could likely get a high pick -- although maybe not a first-rounder -- for Palmer if trades are allowed before the draft takes place.

    Cancer center could be announced
    In downtown Worcester, the hospital likely could choose from sites at Gateway Park, the CitySquare development where Unum Group is planning new offices, or Washington Square.

    - Someone/something could likely do something
    - Someone/something likely could do something

    Are both correct?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Yes, I believe that both sentences are "correct."

    (2) I believe that most books tell us that we should say:

    very/quite/most likely.

    (3) I believe that many (most) Americans ignore that rule and

    use "likely" by itself, as in your two examples.

    (4) I believe that if you are doing university-level writing (or even

    speaking), you should follow the rule, though. That is, write:

    The Bengals could quite likely get a quick pick.

    (5) I was able to find on the Web this discussion:

    No. 1. We will likely be finished by December.

    No. 2. We likely will be finished by December.

    The expert who answered this question said that s/he preferred to

    "bury" the adverb inside the verb phrase (as in No. 1). S/he said that

    No. 2 was not wrong, of course.

    (6) I am sure that you have noticed that No. 1 reads smoothly,

    but if you read No. 2 aloud, do you notice that you are "forced" to stop

    for a pause after the word "likely"? I guess that some people would say

    No. 2 is used when you wish to emphasize the adverb. It is only my

    opinion that many Americans probably prefer No. 1.

    (7) By the way, "likely" is a so-called sentence adverb. That is, it

    refers to the whole sentence. If you use "perfect" English and use

    very/most/quite in front of "likely," then you can place it many locations:

    Quite likely, the Bengals could get a quick pick.

    The Bengals (very) likely could get a quick pick.

    The Bengals could (most) likely get a quick pick.

    The Bengals could get a quick pick, most likely.

    (8) I think that if we just place the adverb after the first auxiliary,

    we will be writing "good" English. Later on -- as we understand

    English better -- we can move it around to express different

    feelings. I am an old man and English is my only language, but

    adverb placement still confuses me.

    (9) Hopefully, a teacher will soon give us the ("thee")answer.
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    #3

    Re: Someone/something could likely do something

    Parser, is it me or is there a really long pause after your last sentence?

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    Re: Someone/something could likely do something

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Parser, is it me or is there a really long pause after your last sentence?
    Thanks a million for letting this computer illiterate know about it.

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    #5

    Re: Someone/something could likely do something

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Thanks a million for letting this computer illiterate know about it.
    Bah! Persuasive effect, that's what it was for.

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    #6

    Re: Someone/something could likely do something

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Bah! Persuasive effect, that's what it was for.

    Yeah, right!!!

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