May I know which of the sentence below is appropriate? 

(1) Briefly describe the characteristics of a perfectly competitive firm.

(2) Describe briefly the characteristics of a perfectly competitive firm

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joshua posted:

May I know which of the sentences below is appropriate? 

(1) Briefly describe the characteristics of a perfectly competitive firm.
(2) Describe briefly the characteristics of a perfectly competitive firm

Hi, Joshua: In (1) and (2), the direct object of "describe" is the noun phrase "the characteristics of a perfectly competitive firm." Normally, we do not place an adverb, such as "briefly," between a verb and its direct object. Therefore (1) is better than (2); it is more advisable to use (1), because "briefly" does not come between "describe" and its direct object in that sentence.

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