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Which is correct:
1-Tear gas was indiscriminately sprayed on the protesters.
2-Tear gas was sprayed indiscriminately on the protesters.
3-Tear gas was sprayed on the protesters indiscriminately.
 

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They are all correct.

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And quite right too. ;-)
 

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Thank you Ronbee, Mike and TDOL.
I realized that I had left one possibilty out.
Could you tell me if this one is correct:

4-Indiscriminately, tear gas was sprayed on the protesters.
 

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I don't like it greatly. It's trying to be a sentence adverb modifying the whole sentence to express the writer's view, but it doesn't really cut the mustard for me. ;-)
 

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navi tasan said:
Thank you Ronbee, Mike and TDOL.
I realized that I had left one possibilty out.
Could you tell me if this one is correct:

4-Indiscriminately, tear gas was sprayed on the protesters.

That might work better in the active voice, thus:
  • Indiscriminately, they sprayed teargas on the protesters.
I still can't say that I'm happy with it.

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Well, let's say that explains why I had forgotten it in the first place!
(I am trying to act as if ...)
 

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I do agree with Ron that it is a bit better in the active.;-)
 

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navi tasan said:
Thank you Ronbee, Mike and TDOL.
I realized that I had left one possibilty out.
Could you tell me if this one is correct:

4-Indiscriminately, tear gas was sprayed on the protesters.

I agree with Ron and TDOL. Since the sentence adverb has become accepted, these opening adverbs can be confusing. The other positions would be better. :wink:
 

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Since they have been accepted? What about 'yes' and 'no'; haven't they been around for donkey's years? ;-) :lol:
 

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tdol said:
Since they have been accepted? What about 'yes' and 'no'; haven't they been around for donkey's years? ;-) :lol:

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