This is from a podcast transcription:

"Auch sie(it) arbeitet regional..."

shouldn't then the verb precede the subject taking up the second spot in the sentence order?

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It depends on whether auch is an attribute of some part of the sentence or if it applies to the sentence as a whole.

In a sentence like

Auch sie ist Lehrerin.

the auch belongs to sie: She too is a teacher.

Whereas in the sentence

Auch ist sie Lehrerin.

the auch applies to the whole sentence so the meaning is quite different. This might be translated as Also, she is a teacher or Apart from this, she is a teacher.

This placement of auch has become a bit rare. Today many people would rather use außerdem.

  • Thanks a lot. "Auch" in front of the subject directly modifies the subject, I guess. Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 6:14

"Sie arbeitet regional" --> She works regionally

"Sie arbeitet auch regional" --> (She usually works globally, but if necessary) she also works regionally

"Auch sie arbeitet regional" --> (like those people mentioned before) she too works regionally.

  • Your answer is succinct and well-rounded, thank you so much! Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 6:12

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