How do I translate the following sentence into Italian?

He reads and also works.

I know that "anche/pure" precede the word they refer to. Thus, an obvious attempt would be:

Lui legge e anche/pure lavora.

However, I have read at http://elsaitalianoavanzato.blogspot.com/2008/03/luso-di-anche-confronto-con-tambin.html that these adverbs can only precede a verb if it is in an impersonal form (infinitive/gerund/past participle). The only remaining choise I see is to put "anche/pure" at the end of the sentence:

Lui legge e lavora anche/pure.

Is that the correct one?

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It's more correct to put “Anche/pure” at the end of the sentence. In this case, "pure" has the same meaning of in the same way or at the same time, but it make sense after the verb has been written . So you can read the phrase in this way:

Lui legge e lavora allo stesso tempo.

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    "Pure" means "allo stesso tempo"?
    – Charo
    Aug 30, 2019 at 9:00
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    Could you clarify the clause “it make sense only after the verb has been written”? Do you mean that anche and pure should always follow the term they refer to? This is false in general, of course. In, say, Viene anche Luigi, the adverb anche refers to Luigi, not viene.
    – DaG
    Aug 30, 2019 at 9:24
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    Qual è il problema a dire "studia e anche lavora"?
    – Charo
    Aug 30, 2019 at 9:37
  • @Charo non è frequente nel linguaggio colloquiale, da italiano dico e sento sempre "studia, e lavora anche". Non è propriamente un problema, discutiamo sulla forma attualmente usata nei colloqui. Per cui potrei editare la mia risposta in "è più corretto" visto che l'altra forma non è sbagliata ma suona male. Aug 30, 2019 at 10:48
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    @Charo Thanks for the counterexample! Anyway, I think that it is correct to say that is unusual to put "anche/pure" before a verb conjugated in a personal form as in that example? Some native speakers agreed with it at forum.wordreference.com/threads/i-study-and-i-also-work.3609653 Aug 31, 2019 at 21:52

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