'already' in Future Perfect (passive voice)

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Just wondering if there is any difference in meaning between "will already have been finished" and "will have already been finished"? What is the correct place of 'already' in Future Perfect? And how about "will have been already finished"? Is it true that "will have been finished already" emphasises the fact of being finished in a way?
  • Scholiast

    Senior Member

    The placement of adverbs in English clauses or sentences is highly flexible, and is a matter of style or emphasis. Both of your suggestions ("will already have been finished" and "will have already been finished") work, as also does "will have been finished already".

    Stylistically to me this last sounds most "neutral" and natural, and the first of yours more so than the second. But this means in turn that using the order of your second version may mean that the speaker wishes to place special stress on the adverb.

    Giorgio Spizzi

    Senior Member
    Unfortunately, Scholiast's "democratic" views can't be applied to all adverbs. Take "never", for instance, and you won't be able to list as many options. Or "only", for that matter.
    I wonder what happened to the good old rule of "right after the first auxiliary"?

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