manner adverbs.

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aysaa

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Hi,

1- But it would be wrong simply to have a list.
2- But it would be simply wrong to have a list.

3- She went back to London happily.
4- She happily went back to London .
5- She went back happily to London .

I have some problem about the position of adverbs of manner. In my humble opinion, sentences 2, 3, 4 are OK, but I don't have any idea about the rest. Could you please check the rest?

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Raymott

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Hi,

1- But it would be wrong simply to have a list. It would be wrong if we only had a list and nothing else. It's not wrong to have a list.
2- But it would be simply wrong to have a list. It would be wrong to have a list in any case.

3- She went back to London happily. She was happy as she went back to London.
4- She happily went back to London . She was happy to go back to London, and she did.
5- She went back happily to London . This could mean either of the above.
6. Happily, she went back to London. Some would interpret this as meaning that the speaker was glad she went back to London.

I have some problem about the position of adverbs of manner. In my humble opinion, sentences 2, 3, 4 are OK, but I don't have any idea about the rest. Could you please check the rest?

Thanks.
They are all right, but they mean different things. Where you place the adverb affects which part of the sentence you are qualifying.
The above is how I would interpret these sentences if there was no other context.
 
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