Over my time in the UK, I’ve been constantly surprised at how things like word order within a sentence don’t receive enough attention.
For example, this line –
There should be a couple of videos floating around of me singing.
would read totally differently if the words, “floating around” was shifted towards the end of the sentence: There should be a couple of videos of me singing floating around.
The first means videos of this are available from several sources:
While the second can mean a couple of videos of this:
The lesson here?
Pay attention to what goes at the end of the sentence because more often than not, that’s what’s going to define the message:
[There should be] [a couple of videos] [floating around] [of me singing]
Try to think of a sentence as having several sections and you’ll be able to better see how they interact.
While both are largely correct, the second adds ambiguity – and when every second of attention is precious it’s an unnecessary, unwelcome complication.