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1. Peter doesn't usually get up before seven.
2. Peter usually doesn't get up before seven.

Which one of the above examples is more appropriate. I personally think that 2nd example is more pertinent because it stresses upon Peter's not getting up befor seven whereas the 1st example doesn't put much stress upon his not getting up before seven. Rather it only stresses upon getting up. Although when the sentence is read completely both of them aren't much different but the 2nd one (in my opinion) has a greater amount of stress regarding the subject at hand. May be I am wrong. Please help.

GB

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I agree with you.

'Usually' gets my attention in the second sentence. It doesn't seem to stand out as much in the first sentence.
Hi Grammarian-bot,

I agree with you and Nef in case in point.
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1. has normal word order.
2. has "marked" word order, so usually stands out more there.

The word pertinent is probably not the right word in your post. pertinent does not mean emphasized, if that's what you meant.

CJ
CalifJim1. has normal word order.
2. has "marked" word order, so usually stands out more there.

The word pertinent is probably not the right word in your post. pertinent does not mean emphasized, if that's what you meant.

CJ

Well... pertinent here means that the placement of the word better connects the sense of the sentence to the situation at hand.

GB
Hi,

You could also say

3. Peter doesn't get up before seven, usually. Very little emphasis.
4. Usually, Peter doesn't get up before seven.
A lot of emphasis.

Best wishes, Clive
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Wel.... theer are actually four place swhere we can place the adverb;

X, I wake up early in the morning.
I X wake up early in the morning.
I wake up X early in the morning. (In this example this place may may seem inappropriate but in another good example - that I don't have right now - it may seem appripriate)
I wake up early in the morning, X.

(Well this was advised by CJ).

GB
CalifJim1. has normal word order.
2. has "marked" word order, so usually stands out more there.

CJ

Would you please explain the difference between a normal word order and a marked word order.

GB

The term marked is used to indicate something other than the "plain", "ordinary" case, i.e., other than the unmarked case.

chair is unmarked. (normal, ordinary, usual, base form)
chairs is marked. (It's specifically marked for plurality.)

do is unmarked. (base form)
did is marked. (for past tense)
done is marked (as a past participle)

The unmarked position for an adverb of frequency (like usually) is after the operator, if there is one, else before the main verb. Any other position is "marked". At least, that's the way I'm using the term.

(Operators are the modals, forms of be, and forms of do or have when these are not the main verb.)

You can usually find one near the corner.
They would usually go there for vacation.
I am usually at home in the morning.
He doesn't usually show up before noon.
I have usually done it that way.
I usually see them on Saturdays.


CJ

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