I am learning German and we got our first modal verb today, können. We have to put the sentence in order. The sentence pieces are: Die Schüler/gut/Deutsch/können/? Is the sentence suppose to be 1.Können die Schüler gut Deutsch? or 2.Können die Schüler Deutsch gut?
Both are okay and they mean the same. There's a difference in tone. Or better, there's a difference in contextual appropriateness. That sounds very complicated but what I mean is simply that I think the second version is more likely in context where it has already been established verbally that the students speak German. I think in beginners class they'd expect you to use version 1 but if they claim that it's the only correct way, tell them to read up again because it just ain't true.
Just to make sure... both are questions, not statements.