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cheshire

Senior Member
Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
"Only recently the negotiation has started to make any progress."
Do you think this word order is not so much wrong but acceptable as correct English?
 
  • Siberia

    Senior Member
    UK-Wales - English
    Sounds ok, even though you can change the order of the adverbial phrase by putting it at the end. But this sentence can come up in a discussion.
     

    Hockey13

    Senior Member
    AmEnglish/German
    I don't think this is wrong, but I wouldn't use it. If I were just saying this sentence without any emphasis on anything, like if I were writing a newspaper article, I would say:

    The negotiation has only recently started to make any progress.

    If I wanted to emphasize only recently, I would say:

    Only recently has the negotiation started to make any progress.

    I would also prefer saying "started making some progress," but that might just be a personal preference.
     

    cheshire

    Senior Member
    Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
    Thank you! There are a great deal of questions in English exams in our country that are based on the idea that only the following word order is correct. Isn't that awful?
    "Only recently has the negotiation started to make any progress."
     
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