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How to use the word Almost?

Like “only,” “almost” must come immediately before the word or phrase it modifies:

“She almost gave a million dollars to the museum” means something quite different from “She gave almost a million dollars to the museum.”

Right? So you shouldn’t write, “There was almost a riotous reaction when the will was read” when what you mean is “There was an almost riotous reaction.”

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