General Writing and Grammar Help/"Also" in front of a verb


Bruce Hurley wrote at 2013-08-11 17:27:13
The confusion may come from the split infinitive rule where we don't want to put any qualifiers between "to" and the verb (e.g. to slowly run). In this case, however, placement of "also" is crucial to the meaning.

It is not forbidden to put the word "also" between "I" and "can." On the contrary, it is necessary to do so in order to avoid confusion.

You can also (not "also can") certainly rephrase the statement to avoid the problem if you find the resulting sentence awkward.

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