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But Russia instead had through its repeated choices pursued that aim instead through its military and intelligence services. Its default position when challenged was “bare-faced lying”. (The Guardian.)

What is the grammatical reason behind the splitting of the main verb "had pursued" in the passage above?

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tkacka15What is the grammatical reason behind the splitting of the main verb "had pursued" in the passage above?

Grammatically, many adverbials can be placed after the first word of a multi-word verb form.

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