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    the position of "yesterday"

    Hello.

    NZ fans rush to buy Jackson albums - Michael Jackson 1958-2009 - NZ Herald News
    Two Auckland women who on separate occasions shared the stage with Jackson were yesterday mourning the death of their idol.

    Here are two questions:
    1. Is the "yesterday" in an appropriate position?
    2. Do you put it at the end of the sentence?

    Thank you.

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    Re: the position of "yesterday"

    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker

    It sounds best at the end of the sentence to me. "Two Aukland women who on separate occasions shared the stage with Jackson were mourning the death of their idol yesterday."

    It may be possible to put it somewhere else correctly, but this is by far the most common way to say this.

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    Re: the position of "yesterday"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    NZ fans rush to buy Jackson albums - Michael Jackson 1958-2009 - NZ Herald News
    Two Auckland women who on separate occasions shared the stage with Jackson were yesterday mourning the death of their idol.

    Here are two questions:
    1. Is the "yesterday" in an appropriate position?
    2. Do you put it at the end of the sentence?

    Thank you.
    jackolantern is not wrong, but neither is this sentence.
    The answers to your questions are Yes and Not Necessarily, respectively.
    It's quite normal to vary the position of adverbs to create rhetorical or literary effects. Here, the sentence ends on the most important theme: this would be weakened by putting the adverb at the end.

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    Re: the position of "yesterday"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    jackolantern is not wrong, but neither is this sentence.
    The answers to your questions are Yes and Not Necessarily, respectively.
    It's quite normal to vary the position of adverbs to create rhetorical or literary effects. Here, the sentence ends on the most important theme: this would be weakened by putting the adverb at the end.
    That's kind of what I was thinking, and why I noted that it could be correct in other positions. It just sounds awkward and "news-like" to me (Note to new English speakers: English can be used differently in a newspaper than how native speakers use it casually, mostly in headlines and announcements).

    Considering that this is a news article, that sounds appropriate.


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    Re: the position of "yesterday"

    jackolantern and Raymott, thank you for the responses.

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    Is it okay to place the "yesterday" at the top of the sentence?

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    Re: the position of "yesterday"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    NZ fans rush to buy Jackson albums - Michael Jackson 1958-2009 - NZ Herald News
    Two Auckland women who on separate occasions shared the stage with Jackson were yesterday mourning the death of their idol.

    Here are two questions:
    1. Is the "yesterday" in an appropriate position?
    2. Do you put it at the end of the sentence?

    Thank you.
    The question is whether "yesterday" refers to the death or to the mourning. I realize that possibly both events occurred "yesterday", but not necessarily; the mourning could have occurred on a later day.

    In the sentence given, "yesterday" clearly refers to the mourning.

    'Yesterday' at the beginning of the sentence would also clearly refer to the mourning.

    "yesterday" after 'death' would clearly refer to the death.

    Putting "yesterday" at the end of the sentence would make it unclear what "yesterday" is referring to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Putting "yesterday" at the end of the sentence would make it unclear what "yesterday" is referring to.
    Yes, that's another good point.

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