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    Position of adverb in passive voice sentence

    Hello,

    I would like to know where we must put an adverb while using a passive voice.

    -They were arrested violently
    -They were violently arrested.

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    Re: Position of adverb in passive voice sentence

    Usually adverbs can be placed in different parts of a sentence. But the best position for adverbs of manner is the end of a sentence.

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    Re: Position of adverb in passive voice sentence

    Are they both fine? Is there any difference between them?
    Last edited by aysaa; 30-Dec-2011 at 13:16.

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    Re: Position of adverb in passive voice sentence

    Both are ok to me, but I prefer the first one with adverb at the end.
    And there's no difference in meaning.

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    Re: Position of adverb in passive voice sentence

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    -They were arrested violently
    -They were violently arrested.


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Some experts feel that there may be a difference.

    (a) Your sentence is "They were arrested."

    (i) If the word "violently" is absolutely necessary to express the meaning that you

    wish to give to the listener/reader, then those experts suggest putting it at the

    end. They consider the word to then be a complement. That is, it completes the

    meaning of the sentence.

    (ii) If how they were arrested is NOT 100% necessary for the listener/reader to know,

    then it could be placed before the verb. It would then be an adverbial modifier -- NOT

    a complement.

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