Word order with modal verbs

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Word order with modal verbs

Post by frons » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:15 pm

Is it either way correct writing
Hij mocht elke dag met zijn vader naar de stad gaan
or
Elke dag mocht hij met zijn vader naar de stad gaan
?
In case it is, which would be the most common way?

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Re: Word order with modal verbs

Post by ngonyama » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:04 pm

frons wrote:Is it either way correct writing
Hij mocht elke dag met zijn vader naar de stad gaan
or
Elke dag mocht hij met zijn vader naar de stad gaan
?
In case it is, which would be the most common way?
Both are correct and mean the same thing. There is a slight difference in accentuation. In the second one the fact that it happens every day is highlighted a bit.

Something else: the verb gaan is often omitted in this sentence.

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Re: Word order with modal verbs

Post by frons » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:46 am

ngonyama wrote:
frons wrote:Is it either way correct writing
Hij mocht elke dag met zijn vader naar de stad gaan
or
Elke dag mocht hij met zijn vader naar de stad gaan
?
In case it is, which would be the most common way?
Both are correct and mean the same thing. There is a slight difference in accentuation. In the second one the fact that it happens every day is highlighted a bit.

Something else: the verb gaan is often omitted in this sentence.
Thanks :)

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