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?

Sentence asked Apr 24 '13 at 12:01 Raf Mesotten New member

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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.

link answered Apr 24 '13 at 18:31 Actually Holly Expert

I concur. Both seem right to me.

Patty TApr 24 '13 at 23:08

Both are grammatically correct but the latter one is more appropriate than the former one.

Keerti LingwalApr 25 '13 at 05:27

Why is that?

Actually HollyApr 25 '13 at 13:31

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I expected will be goes corected as well as I find these and I wait for the exactly grammar and vocabulary corected.

Thank you for your consideration on this



link comment answered Jun 03 '13 at 08:25 Dul Manuel Santos New member

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