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    the position of adverb

    Dear Teachers,

    I'm really confused about the position of adverbs such as probably? Is there any general rule? In the following examples, which is/are grammatical?

    Probably, without your help, I wouldn't have achieved so much.
    Without your help, I probably wouldn't have achieved so much.
    Without your help, I would probably not have achieved so much.
    Without your help, I wouldn't probably have achieved so much.
    Without your help, I wouldn't have probably achieved so much.
    Without your help, I wouldn't have achieved so much, probably.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia

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    Re: the position of adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I'm really confused about the position of adverbs such as probably? Is there any general rule? In the following examples, which is/are grammatical?

    Good question - that has to be confusing. You'll hear it placed all over the place, and I think all your examples can be defended. But these two are the most common and (not coincidentally) least awkward.

    Without your help, I probably wouldn't have achieved so much.
    Without your help, I would probably not have achieved so much.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia
    You're welcome!

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    Re: the position of adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're welcome!
    Thank you for your quick reply

    In a positive sentence, what position is better? For example,

    Probably, without his disturbance, I would have achieved more.
    Without his disturbance, I probably would have achieved more.
    Without his disturbance, I would probably have achieved more.
    Without his disturbance, I would probably have achieved more.
    Without his disturbance, I would have probably achieved more.
    Without his disturbance, I would have achieved more, probably.

  4. enydia's Avatar

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    Re: the position of adverb

    Another question: Do the adverbs of frequency, such as 'often', have the same usage?

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