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feisoar

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You simply can go on with your work.
Why not "can simply"? the placement should be can + adverb + verb, shouldn't it?
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You simply can go on with your work.
Why not "can simply"? the placement should be can + adverb + verb, shouldn't it?
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Yes, it should be "can simply", NOT "simply can".
 

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However, under negation, the situation changes:

?!? You simply can go on with your work. (I don't think an English speaker would say this. Well, it would need a special emphasis on simply.)

You simply cannot go on with your work!

You cannot simply go on with your work.

The explanation of why this is so is not easy!
 
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