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Is the room large enough for you?
Is the room enough large for you?

Place the adverb enough after the word it qualifies and not before.

When enough is an adjective, it comes before the noun: We have enough food for six people.

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I told Liz not to come on Monday.
I told Liz to not come on Monday.

Position not in the negative infinitive immediately before the word to and not after it.

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I last night went to the cinema.
I went to the cinema last night.

Adverbs or adverbial phrases of definite time, like yesterday, today, tomorrow, last week, two months ago, are usually placed at the end of the sentence. If we want to emphasise the time, we put the adverb at the beginning: Yesterday I was very busy.

If there is more than one adverb of definite time in a sentence, put the more exact expression before the more general: He was bom at two o'clock in the morning on April 12th 1942.

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I should not have gone.
I should have not gone.

Position not in a compound verb after the first auxiliary.

With the present or perfect participle, place not at the beginning: Not having set the alarm, he was late for work. Not being rich, he couldn't afford it.

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The builders will be here tomorrow.
The builders will be tomorrow here.

When using an adverb of time and an adverb of place together in a sentence, the adverb of place must come first.

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