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Where is the correct place of 都 in this sentence, before or after time definition? Is there a rule for this?

德国人今天不工作。

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都 is an adverb, so it should go before the verb.

德国人今天都不工作。

.. means all Germans aren't working today.

(Time) Subject (or time can go here) (adverb) verb (object)

Time can go either before or after the subject.

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Just after ‘德国人今天‘ Why are they so lazy?

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  • That's what I would have thought myself, but my textbook places it after 今天.
    – UVV
    May 28, 2015 at 6:27
  • sorry, I was too quick, forgot 今天, after that is correct
    – Pedroski
    May 28, 2015 at 6:33
  • Just asked a friend: 今天德国人都不工作。is good too.
    – Pedroski
    May 28, 2015 at 6:41

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