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The adverb usually follows the intransitive verb that it modifies. He walked quickly. The machine runs efficiently. An adverbial modifier that modifies the entire sentence can usually be placed at either the beginning or end. As soon as my replacement arrived, I left for my sabbaticd year. I left for my sabbatical year as soon as my replacement arrived. If the modifier makes up a large portion of the sentence, it should follow the verb for better balance. As soon as my replacement arrived, I left.

You should not start with data collected by your students or coworkers and then, as the armchair general, sit in your office and try to explain the data. This is simply a subjective interpretation of data obtained without plan. There is nothing wrong, of course, with studying existing data and forming a premise from these. Just remember that this premise is the starting point, not the conclusion, of a research project. To be valid, your conclusions must be based on data resulting from experiments specifically designed to test your premise.

8. I intend to write clearly. E. MODIFIERS Modifiers can be words, phrases, or clauses. They fall into one of two categories: adjectives or adverbs. Adjectives qualify nouns and pronouns, the words that serve as subjects and objects of sentences. Adverbs mainly modify verbs, but they can also modify adjectives, other adverbs, and even whole sentences. Because their position can alter the intended meaning, it is important to place modifiers properly. Adjectives. Adjectival modifiers are easy to place and usually modify the nearest noun.

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