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    placement of adverbs after linking verbs (?)

    I have an employee who writes newspaper articles and press releases for our agency. She regularly writes sentences such as: "There is still work to be done" and "We are regularly contacted about this subject." I am thirty years out of high school, but I surely remember that these sentences should be "There still is work to be done" and "We regularly are contacted about this subject." Am I remembering correctly or am I mistaken? Thank you for your help with this matter.

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    Re: placement of adverbs after linking verbs (?)

    No, at least in the second example, I believe the original is true. I remember that adverbs of frequency (of which regularly appears to be one) are properly placed before the main verb in such instances (are regularly contacted). That one is a pretty clear-cut case.

    The other, with the work still to be done, I'm not so sure of, but it seems to fall into the same pattern, doesn't it? If you accept the rule above, would not then the still placement be also correct in There is still work to be done, or perhaps it would be better as There is work still to be done, making to be done some sort of a main verb.

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    Smile Re: placement of adverbs after linking verbs (?)

    Your employee is sorta right about it.

    I am always confused about it.
    I always get confused about it.


    She is still at university.
    She still goes to university.


    They are often broken into.
    They often get broken into.

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    Re: placement of adverbs after linking verbs (?)

    Your writer is MORE than "sorta" right.

    The adverb usually goes after the "to be" verb.

    English as 2nd Language - Learn English The adverb usually comes after the verb "be":

    http://faculty.washington.edu/maryne...AdverbPl.html:

    after BE verb
    after auxiliary verbs
    before other verbs


    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adverbs.htm: Between the auxiliary verb and the main verb

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