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HaleyDaulton
08-21-2006, 06:00 AM
In the sentence, which is correct usage:

The restaurant's lively atmosphere didn't usually bother her. OR
The restaurant's lively atmosphere usually didn't bother her.

?? Thanks!

veronie
08-21-2006, 07:03 AM
I think the the meaning of the two is very close. It's not so much a grammar issue; more of a emphasis issue. This is how I read the two sentences:

"The restaurant's lively atmosphere didn't usually bother her" — She may never have been bothered by the restaurant before, but now she is.

“The restaurant's lively atmosphere usually didn't bother her” — She has been bothered by the restaurant before, but on rare occasion.

maestrowork
08-21-2006, 08:12 AM
Both are grammatically correct. Choose one that sounds the best for you.

HaleyDaulton
08-21-2006, 06:26 PM
Thanks, guys!

ComicBent
08-22-2006, 08:28 AM
English is very flexible in placement of adverbs. Use either one.

Shadow_Ferret
08-22-2006, 04:03 PM
In the sentence, which is correct usage:

The restaurant's lively atmosphere didn't usually bother her. OR
The restaurant's lively atmosphere usually didn't bother her.

?? Thanks!

I'm curious, but is "didn't bother" a form of "to be?" Would "didn't usually bother" be a split infinitive? I'm just asking because I've never really been sure about that rule.

maestrowork
08-22-2006, 06:27 PM
There's no "to" so it's not an infinitive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_infinitive