I have noticed this sentence structure in a couple of books. Is it valid, if so are there other adverbs like this?
je ne peux malheureusement pas ....
There are a couple of rules guiding the placement of adverbs.
Here is the basic kwiziq lesson: Position of most adverbs
A good summary and overview can be found here: http://www.frenchlanguageguide.com/grammar/placement.asp
In this sentence, you have some options:
Malheureusement, je ne peux pas. Je ne peux pas, malheureusement.Je ne peux malheureusement pas.
The third one, with malheureusement right after the verb, lends it some additional emphasis over the other two options.
Thanks Chris, I have looked at those sources as well as thoughtco, lawless french and others but haven't found much on the structure I mentioned. Would be interested in the rules around this in addition to your helpful contribution.
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