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    #1

    Word order

    - He plays too much tennis.
    - He plays tennis too much.

    Are both sentences right? Any differences?

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    Re: Word order

    They're both OK and mean the same thing.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Word order

    At first sight, I would agree that they mean the same thing. However, there could be a difference between them.

    "He plays too much tennis" could refer to the length of time he spends playing tennis on each occasion that he plays. It would be more likely in the past tense, in something like "He's really sore today. He played too much tennis yesterday".

    "He plays tennis too much" could refer to the regularity with which he plays tennis. It would work in something like "He never gets his homework done because he plays tennis too much". There, it would be taken to mean that he plays it too often. "He plays too much tennis" could also be used in that context but it could not be used to refer to the length of time he spends playing on each occasion.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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