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Usage and Grammar
Q. We have an editor who always uses the adverb “also” in front of verb phrases instead of splitting them. I can’t place the rule, but I’m sure this isn’t correct. For example, this editor uses “also will be” or “also has been” instead of “will also be” and “has also been.” Can you direct me to the correct rule for this usage?
A. Please see CMOS 5.104 and 5.171. It’s usual to put an adverb between a main verb and its auxiliary, as you do. This isn’t a rule per se, however, since clarity or emphasis may dictate a shift in position.