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    Positions of adverb phrase

    Hello. Could anybody please tell me if the sentence, 'They went there in the afternoon to reserve a good spot.' has the same meaning as another sentence, 'They went there to reserve a good spot in the afternoon.' Thank you very much in advance.


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    Re: Positions of adverb phrase

    They went there in the afternoon to reserve a good spot.'
    'in the afternoon' modifies 'went' and is more appropriately placed after the verb. At the end of the sentence, it still has the same meaning, but seems unnatural...and makes the reader wonder if you didn't intend 'for the afternoon':
    They went there to reserve a good spot for the afternoon.'

    Now, it means they went at some earlier time to reserve the spot in readiness for the afternoon.

    So - what would this mean: "They went there for the afternoon to reserve a good spot."

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    Re: Positions of adverb phrase

    Daruma-san,

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Positions of adverb phrase

    -They went there for the afternoon to reserve a good spot.

    They went and spent some time there in the afternoon??


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    Re: Positions of adverb phrase

    ...and while they were there, they reserved a spot (? for an evening performance ? for some later event.); or, the whole reservation process (waiting in queue perhaps) took the whole afternoon.

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