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Post by navi » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:32 am

Is this sentence correct:
1) I can't frequently eat lunch at home.

If it is, does it mean:
a) Frequently I can't eat lunch at home.
or
b) I can't eat lunch at home frequently.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: frequently

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:28 pm

It is not correct.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:59 pm

1) just sounds wrong.

To write this sentence in as natural-sounding English as possible, I would render it "I frequently can't eat lunch at home".

However, a native speaker would probably prefer to say something like "I'm often unable to eat lunch at home".

I don't perceive any difference in the meanings of a) and b).
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Post by tony h » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:45 pm

Just playing with these:

Original : 1 and a are pretty bad, b is still not good.
1) I can't frequently eat lunch at home.
a) Frequently I can't eat lunch at home.
b) I can't eat lunch at home frequently.

1 and a work, b isn't good
1) I can't often eat lunch at home.
a) often I can't eat lunch at home.
b) I can't eat lunch at home often

All seem ok
1) I can't regularly eat lunch at home.
a) regularly I can't eat lunch at home.
b) I can't eat lunch at home regularly

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Post by navi » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:16 pm

Thank you all very much,

1) I can't regularly eat lunch at home.
a) regularly I can't eat lunch at home.
b) I can't eat lunch at home regularly


In this case, is there a difference between 'a' and 'b'?
Does '1' mean 'a' or 'b'?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Post by tony h » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:57 pm

All three mean the same. Although the first is an ugly construction.

Do you think there should be a difference?
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Post by navi » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:34 am

Thank you very much, Tony,


1) I can't regularly eat lunch at home.
a) Regularly I can't eat lunch at home.
b) I can't eat lunch at home regularly


It seems to me that in 'a' 'Regularly' modifies 'can't' but in 'b' it modifies 'eat lunch at home'.


Consider:


A) Seventy percent of the time, I can't eat lunch at home.

B) I can't eat lunch at home seventy percent of the time.


Gratefully,
Navi
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