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Coverbal phrases and adverbials of manner generally precede BA. They may, however, follow the BA phrase, where emphasis is on them:

less usual:

她把柠檬用刀子切成一片片。

tā bǎ níng méng yòng dāo zǐ qiē chéng yī piàn piàn 。

She cut the lemon into slices with a knife.

Similarly:

他轻轻地把东西放下。

tā qīng qīng dì bǎ dōng xī fàng xià 。

He put the things down quietly.

less usual:

他把东西轻轻地放下。

tā bǎ dōng xī qīng qīng dì fàng xià 。

He put the things down quietly.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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