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    just one question

    Hello

    Could you tell me please can I put ''to'' before ''financially'' in this sentence: "I am able to financially support myself"
    or can I only say "I am able to support myself financially"?

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lena.from.Russia View Post
    Hello

    Could you tell me please can I Could you please tell me whether I can
    put ''to'' before ''financially'' in this sentence: "I am able to financially support myself"?
    or Or can I only say "I am able to support myself financially"?

    Thank you!
    Both of your variants are totally correct, and have the same meaning.
    Говорит Бегемот: "Dear citizens of MR -- please correct my Russian mistakes!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throbert McGee View Post
    Both of your variants are totally correct, and have the same meaning.
    Thanks for correcting my question! Would it be ok to say "Please could you tell me whether...."? Or should I put ''please'' only after ''could you''?

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    Could you please tell me whether.... When Please comes first, the request sounds like begging.

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    I agree with chaika -- if you put "please" first, it sounds as though there is an emergency and you are desperate:

    Please, could you help me find a doctor?! My child has a very high fever!

    Please, could someone answer my grammar question before Wednesday?! I'm preparing for an exam at school!

    (Also notice that in both of these examples, there must be a comma after "please," and therefore a small pause when speaking.)

    But if you aren't "desperate," then Could you please tell me whether... gives the sentence a more natural-sounding rhythm.
    Говорит Бегемот: "Dear citizens of MR -- please correct my Russian mistakes!"

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    Thank you very much for your answers!

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    Throbert... You seem.. familiar somehow... =) Dig the new name
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