He's a really good dog

I am not sure “a” should go before or after “really”.
He’s really a good dog?
or He’s a really good dog?
or both are okay?

Thank you!!!

Both are correct grammar wise I think there’s a very subtle difference…Context around the scene might help…

  1. He’s really a good dog - I feel this is emphasizing that the person being spoken too might be having a doubt about the dog and the speaker is conveying they “he really is” a good dog. Maybe the dog did something bad originally or the speaker is trying to convince.

  2. He’s a really good dog - I feel like this is more just a statement being said matter of factly. The speaker is not trying to convince as much and just making a statement.

That’s my opinon.

In the scene, had the dog done something wrong? Or was there some doubt about the dog for the person being spoken to?

“Really” is an adverb. An adverb is a word that modifies a verb or an adjective. You have an example of both usages.

“He really is a good dog.” or “He is really a good dog.” – the adverb modifies the verb “is”. He really, definitely is … whatever, possibly in contrast to the possibility of not being so.

“He is a really good dog.” – the adverb modifies the adjective “good”. “Really” intensifies the meaning of the word it modifies, so he’s not just a good dog, he is a very good dog.

Thank you, ericb100.

Those are the lines from the movie, Nomadland.
A: Carl had a stroke.
B: Is he dead?
A: No. No, no. His daughter came and took him back East.
B: Oh. Yeah. But they didn’t take the dog?
A: They couldn’t take him. Would you like to keep him? He’s really a good dog.
B: No. No.
A: He’s real friendly.

Definitely sounds like she’s trying to convince the person, although prior to her saying the sentence the one being spoken to didn’t necessarily express any reservation about the dog. I think either sentence could be used in the situation…She might emphasize “really” in either case to help convince the person.

Thanks again!!!