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J'ai beaucoup lu hier.

J'ai lu beaucoup hier.

Which sentence is correct? When we have parler instead of lu, it should be placed after beaucoup. But for reading, we can quantify the result -- reading a lot (of text, etc.). So are both sentences correct, with the first one putting the emphasis on the action of reading and the second one on the quantity being read?

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  • Having parler or lire doesn't make a difference on where to have beaucoup.
    – None
    Dec 24, 2016 at 13:59

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"J'ai beaucoup lu" est plus correct s'il n'y a pas de complément. Mais on dira "J'ai lu beaucoup de livres".

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  • «J'en ai lu beaucoup» ou «J'en ai beaucoup lu»?
    – Yai0Phah
    Dec 26, 2016 at 12:11
  • Il y a une nuance: «J'en ai lu beaucoup»: beaucoup de livres, mais pas forcément beaucoup de temps, «J'en ai beaucoup lu»: beaucoup de temps, mais pas forcement beaucoup de livres. Du Tolstoï, j'en ai beaucoup lu, des questions sur StackOverflow, j'en ai lu beaucoup :)
    – xenoid
    Dec 26, 2016 at 14:21
  • C'est intéressant.
    – Yai0Phah
    Dec 26, 2016 at 15:12
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Both sentences are correct

"with the first one putting the emphasis on the action of reading and the second one on the quantity being read"

That's exactly that ;)

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