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    mistaken sadly

    Hi all,

    http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/adv_manner2.html

    An adverb for manner is placed before an adjective. It modifies the quality or character of the adjective.

    1- He was sadly mistaken.
    2- He was regretfully wrong.

    I would like to ask if it is wrong to say,

    3- He was mistaken sadly.
    4- He was wrong regretfully.

    Or maybe with a comma:

    5- He was mistaken, sadly.
    6- He was wrong, regretfully.

    Thank you.

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    Re: mistaken sadly

    Yes, 5 and 6 are possible, but they mean a different thing from 1 and 2.
    In 1, 'sadly' modifies "mistaken".
    In 5, 'sadly' modifies "He was mistaken", better written as "Sadly, he was mistaken", meaning "It was/is sad that he was mistaken".

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    #3

    Re: mistaken sadly

    So many thanks for the answer. What about sentences 3 and 4?

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    Re: mistaken sadly

    Forget about them.

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