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Hi

I am wondering about the sentence:

she went to the park quickly

is the use of the adverb here correct?
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Hello Anon

The usual order of adverbials is manner - direction/place - time. So, "She went quickly to the park" or "She quickly went to the park" may be more natural. Personally I prefer the latter.

paco
Hi guys,

She went to the park quickly seems to me like the most natural thing to say.

Best wishes, Clive
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Have I forgotten what a transitive verb is? I don't see one in this example.[:^)]
CliveShe went to the park quickly seems to me like the most natural thing to say.
Really?

Google Results:
[1] She quickly went to the X. 1280.
[2] She went quickly to the X. 694.
[3] She went to the X quickly. 246.

paco

KhoffHave I forgotten what a transitive verb is? I don't see one in this example.[:^)]
Me neither [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)] [:^)]

paco
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Hi Paco,

Google results are hard to assess.

1. These results seem miniscule.

2. I wrote about 'speaking'. People don't speak on the 'net. The question is, 'To what extent do they write as they speak?'

Clive
Minuscule? Then how about the results below?
Google Results:
[1] X quickly went to the Y.. 73,100
[2] X went quickly to the Y. 26,800.
[3] X went to the Y … quickly. 33,000
#3 includes samples that is not actually a single sentence.

As to your second point, I can't argue against.
There is no spoken English corpus online.
But I rather believe people online mostly write as they speak.

paco
In spite of those impressive Google statistics I too have to say that
"X went to Y quickly"
positions the adverb most naturally.
At least that's true for me.
CJ
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