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    #1

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    Hi there,

    Which one is correct?

    1. I really had a good time.
    2. I had really a good time.
    3. I had a really good time.

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    pete

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    #2

    Re: time

    just a student.
    my choice is #1.
    maybe #3 could be "I had a real good time".
    just a student.

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    #3

    Re: time

    Number 3:

    The word "really" is emphasising how much of a good time was had.

    He was driving really fast. (emphasising fast.. He was not just driving fast, he was driving REALLY fast.)
    She was talking really loudly to her friend. (emphasising loudly etc)


    So

    I had a really good time.


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    #4

    Re: time

    Hello Pete

    1. I really had a good time.
    Meaning, I definitely, truly, genuinely had a good time. The adverb really modifies the verb phrase had a good time.
    2. I had really a good time.
    Meaning, I had, indeed, a good time, but punctuation is lacking. Try,

    • I had, really, a good time.

    The commas block the adverb really from modifying the word that follows. Without the commas, the adverb modifies a, a determiner, when it should be modifying the adjective good.
    • I had a really good time.

    Note that, adverbs modify verbs, verb phrases (See 1. above) and adjectives (See 3. below), and sometimes even sentences:

    • I had a good time, really. <honestly>
    • Really, I had a good time. <honestly>
    3. I had a really good time.

    • Meaning, I had a very good time. (Cf. an American English variant I had a real good time.)

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