Position of the word "first"
Is the following sentence correct? My boss thinks it is wrong but I am uncertain:"The pins first need to be mounted in the bearing.". He thinks it had to be: "The pins need to be mounted in the bearing first.". I am sure the latter is correct but is the former as well?
I was hoping that an expert would've weighted in by now, because I'm sure there's an answer that's much better informed than mine! To my ear, though, both versions sound correct. "First" here is used as a sentence adverb, meaning that it modifies the whole sentence rather than just one word or phrase, so you have some flexibility in where it goes.
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