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    Lightbulb Placement of adverbial clause

    Not a native speaker. I am confused with a grammatical issue.

    I read this the following sentence online -

    "Chocolate, because it has a low melting point, can be difficult to bake with."

    As I know, an adverb should be placed (other proper positions are also possible) after an auxiliary modal verb, e.g. can, should, has, have, etc.. I wonder if the adverbial clause "because......" should be repositioned to after "can" (modal verb) and before "be" (finite verb), and if the above sentence should be rewritten to -

    "Chocolate can, because it has a low melting point, be difficult to bake with."

    Thanks to everyone spending time on my question.

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    Re: Chocolate, because it has a low melting point, can be difficult to bake with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vemonman View Post
    Not a native speaker. I am confused with a grammatical issue.

    I read this the following sentence online.

    "Chocolate, because it has a low melting point, can be difficult to bake with."

    As I know, an adverb should be placed (other proper positions are also possible) after an auxiliary modal verb, e.g. can, should, has, have, etc.. I wonder if the adverbial clause "because......" should be repositioned to after "can" (modal verb) and before "be" (finite verb), and if the above sentence should be rewritten to -

    "Chocolate can, because it has a low melting point, be difficult to bake with."

    Thanks to everyone spending time on my question.
    The alternative is okay, but so is the original.

    I don't know why the low melting point of chocolate would be a problem. I think the opposite should be true.
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    Re: Placement of adverbial clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Vemonman View Post
    I wonder if the adverbial clause "because......" should be repositioned to after "can" (modal verb) and before "be" (finite verb), and if the above sentence should be rewritten to -

    "Chocolate can, because it has a low melting point, be difficult to bake with."
    Your version is perhaps grammatical, but it's extremely awkward. The original is fine.
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    Re: Placement of adverbial clause

    Welcome to the forum, vemonman.

    I see you posted the same thread here.

    We recommend posting a question on one forum only initially. If you do not get a satisfactory answer from that forum and you feel that you have exhausted its possibilities, then of course trying a different forum might help. It is only courteous however, to tell the second forum that you have already asked the question on another forum and then give a precis of the answers you received there, or provide a link to it, along with an explanation of why you are now looking elsewhere.
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    Re: Placement of adverbial clause

    No, it shouldn't. Don't think of the interrupting 'because'-phrase here as an adverb in the same way as single word adverbs.

    With an 'interrupted' kind of sentence such as this, it's usually better to put the interruption phrase immediately after the subject.

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    Re: Placement of adverbial clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, vemonman.

    I see you posted the same thread here.

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    Apologies. This is my first time asking a question in this forum. I will do better next time.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Sep-2020 at 07:47.

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