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Hello everyone,

Is it okay to use "just, already, always, sometimes, usually, and never" in every position in sentences as follows?

1. I usually/just/already/never/always/sometimes have visited that place.

I think all are okay here.

2. I have visited that place usually/just/already/never/always/sometimes.

I am 99% sure that "just, never" are wrong in this position. But of the others, I'm not sure.

3. Usually/Just/Already/Never/Always/Sometimes I have visited that place.

I'm 99% sure "Never, Just" are wrong here, too. But about the others, I'm not sure.

Regards,

Joseph

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You have the verb phrase "have visited".

When you have more than one verb in a verb phrase, adverbs of frequency (and some other adverbs) go after the first verb.

I have [always / usually / sometimes / never / already / just] visited ...

Joseph A

1. I usually/just/already/never/always/sometimes have visited that place. 'always' and 'never' might be OK. Not the others.

2. I have visited that place usually/just/already/never/always/sometimes. "already" might be OK. Not the others.

3. Usually/Just/Already/Never/Always/Sometimes I have visited that place. "sometimes" might be OK. Not the others.
Initial "never" requires inversion, and it's very formal:
Never have I visited ....

Even though some of these might be OK as noted above, it's best to follow the rule and put these adverbs after 'have' (or 'has' or 'had') in the perfect tenses.

These adverbs also go after modal verbs (can sometimes be; will always try; would usually say; might never know; etc.).

Some grammar books give the impression that you can put adverbs anywhere you want in English. That's not true. Emotion: sad

CJ

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CalifJimYou have the verb phrase "have visited".When you have more than one verb in a verb phrase, adverbs of frequency (and some other adverbs) go after the first verb.I have [always / usually / sometimes / never / already / just] visited ...Joseph A1. I usually/just/already/never/always/sometimes have visited that place. 'always' and 'never' might be OK. Not the others.2. I have visited that place usually/just/already/never/always/sometimes. "already" might be OK. Not the others.3. Usually/Just/Already/Never/Always/Sometimes I have visited that place. "sometimes" might be OK. Not the others.Initial "never" requires inversion, and it's very formal:Never have I visited ....Even though some of these might be OK as noted above, it's best to follow the rule and put these adverbs after 'have' (or 'has' or 'had') in the perfect tenses. These adverbs also go after modal verbs (can sometimes be; will always try; would usually say; might never know; etc.).Some grammar books give the impression that you can put adverbs anywhere you want in English. That's not true.

Thank you so much, CalifJim.

Excuse me CalifJim, could you please help me with the following adverbs as well?

1. He often/recently has visited that place.

2. Often/Recently he has visited that place.

3. He has visited that place recently/often.

I think #1 is wrong. #2 is okay. #3 only "recently" is okay. Is that right?

Regards,

Joseph

Again, those are adverbs of frequency, so the most usual place to put them is after the first verb (the auxiliary verb).

He has often/recently visited that place.

However, 'often' and 'recently' are also used at the end of clauses.

He has visited that place often/recently.

So I don't recommend your examples 1 or 2, but 3 is OK.

You should read this thread: Adverbs of frequency

CJ

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CalifJimAgain, those are adverbs of frequency, so the most usual place to put them is after the first verb (the auxiliary verb).He has often/recently visited that place.However, 'often' and 'recently' are also used at the end of clauses.He has visited that place often/recently.So I don't recommend your examples 1 or 2, but 3 is OK.You should read this thread: Adverbs of frequency
Thanks a lot, CalifJim.
CalifJimAgain, those are adverbs of frequency

Correction: 'often' is an adverb of frequency. 'recently' is not.

CJ

CalifJimCorrection: 'often' is an adverb of frequency. 'recently' is not.

Thanks a lot, CalifJim.

Indeed, I didn't know that.😩

PS. I think "already and just" aren't adverbs of frequency either. Is that right?

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Joseph AI think "already and just" aren't adverbs of frequency either. Is that right?

Correct.

Sometimes I lump things into categories because they have common characteristics even though, strictly speaking, they should be in different categories. Emotion: sad

CJ

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