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San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Which sentence is correct?

A. The object is entirely made of precious metals.

B. The object is made entirely of precious metals.

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  • Pontus
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    1 month ago
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    Both are correct. 

    In each case, entirely is modifying "made".  

    English allows for a fair amount of flexibility with the placement of adverbs.  In this case, it can go before or after "made" without any change in meaning. 

    Source(s): studied linguistics and English grammar. taught French (almost became an English teacher instead); native English speaker.
    • San
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      1 month agoReport

      Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Both are commonly used these days, but grammatically only the second one is correct.

    You cannot “entirely” a thing.

    But you can make (past tense of “made”) a thing.

    The original Star Trek TV show had a similar “split infinitive” mistake: “To boldly go where no man has gone before”. Same problem as you cannot “boldly” anything. 

    That got corrected with the follow-up show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, to “To go boldly...”. “Go” is the verb, and “boldly” is the adverb which describes how the verb was carried out.

    For stylistic and rhyming purposes, prose, poetry and songs frequently use split infinitives even though they are not correct.

    Legal, factual, scientific, educational and news articles tend to follow the correct grammatical usage unless emphasis or clarity of meaning are improved by making an exception to those rules.

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