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    "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    Is the positin of the adverb phrase "at the time around 1938" fine or should it be at the end of the sentence?
    Of course, we could also change the structure of the sentence entirely as follow:

    "At the time around 1938, were Aborigines free to decide?"

    Which would be the most correct version?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    "At the time, around 1938, were Aborigines free to decide?"
    It would be OK with two commas, as shown above.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    Fine, but what if we say: "Were Aborigines free to decide at the time around 1938?" ? Would it be also fine?
    Besides, do we really need two commas, if we use your version? Why should we divide "around 1938" from "At the time"?
    "At the time" would remain on its own and it seems to me it wouldn't make any sense, or am I wrong?
    I am probably wrong! I am not a native speaker indeed.
    I only try to understand. So please sorry for asking questions.

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    Re: "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    You need a comma after "time".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    OK, and I hope you do not mind my asking again but what about:

    "Were Aborigines free to decide at the time, around 1938?" ?

    Would it be also fine?

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    Re: "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    Yes, that works.

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    #7

    Re: "Were Aborigines at the time around 1938 free to decide?"

    I would find it clearer and simpler without "the time of".

    Around 1938, were Aborigines free to decide?

    It's clear that 1938 refers to a year, given the context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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