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Writing Style

Word Order (~)

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The order of words determines the meaning of a sentence, so a word in the wrong place can change or confuse your intended meaning. The most common mistakes with word order are with adverbs (modifying words or phrases around verbs).

Example with Error: I usually do not focus on mistakes.
Example with Correction: I do not usually focus on mistakes.


This video is 8-minutes long and explains word order for adjectives.

Oxford Online English. (2016, April 22). Adjective order in English - English grammar lesson [Video]. YouTube.

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Word order in English