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  1. enydia's Avatar

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    the position of almost

    Hello, everyone.

    What is the position of almost when it modify a verb?

    Take the following sentences for example:
    1. He almost has (OR has almost) arrived late.
    2. He almost didn't (OR didn't almost OR did almost not) hear what I said.
    3. I almost couldn't (OR could almost not OR could not almost) say.
    4. He almost became (OR became almost) a teacher.

    What's the rule about the position of almost?
    Should almost be after the linking verb?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia
    Last edited by enydia; 12-May-2008 at 14:15.


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    Re: the position of almost

    hi ( i'm not a teacher)
    I think such adverbs like almost , already, always , and usually come infront of the main verb and after the auxiliary verb .For examply;

    I usually come here at 9:00.

    He is always asking me such good questions.
    he has already left .

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    Re: the position of almost

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    What is the position of almost when it modifies a verb?

    Take the following sentences for example:
    1. He almost has (OR has almost) arrived late. He almost arrived late.
    2. He almost didn't hear what I said.
    3. I almost couldn't say. (this sentence is not very common)
    4. He almost became a teacher. (NOT 'He became almost a teacher.')

    What's the rule about the position of almost? It comes before the verb and it has to modify the verb, not the object. (unless it is meant to modify the object, as in 'He stole almost 50 dollars.')
    Should almost be after the linking verb?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia
    2006

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    Re: the position of almost

    Just a small, additional help:

    Never seperate verb + not.

    2. He almost didn't (OR didn't almost OR did almost not) hear what I said.
    3. I almost couldn't (OR could almost not OR could not almost) say.



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