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    Adverbial phrase

    Hello everyone,

    I am new here so I hope I have posted in the right place.

    I have just translated a book, and I am now on the other end of the proofreading spectrum! I have had the following sentence corrected from:

    I never heard from that old woman again. As for me, by the following day, I had forgotten all about her and her odd request.

    To:

    I never heard from that old woman again. As for me, I had forgotten all about her and her odd request by the following day.

    Does the order matter very much? It looks a little strange to put the phrase at the end of the sentence. But perhaps the bracketing commas in the first sentence make it too clumsy?

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    Re: Adverbial phrase

    It's a matter of style rather than grammar. The slight problem of having it in the middle is the punctuation. I would drop the second comma. For me, and this is strictly a personal opinion, the possibilities are:

    1. By the following day, I had forgotten all about her and her odd request.
    2. By the following day I had forgotten all about her and her odd request.

    3. As for me, by the following day I had forgotten all about her and her odd request.

    4. As for me, I had forgotten all about her and her odd request by the following day.


    If I were to include As for me, I could go with either #3 or #4. Your original does look a little clumsy to me, though I can understand an argument for the second comma.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Mar-2014 at 23:53. Reason: typo

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    Re: Adverbial phrase

    Thank you, 5jj. You are quite right. That second comma is definitely too much. So I will just go with #4, which is the proofreader's suggestion.

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