Re: What does "respectfully" mean here?
You do not say "Would you respectfully sign your book for me?"
However, gracious authors, who appreciate that their success depends entirely on the public and their liking the author's work, and especially those living in an era of a much greater level of courtesty all around, might well "respectfully" sign.
And nobody is a "nobody." Every person deserves respectful attention, unless their actions have already proven themselves unworthy. Haven't the fairy tales taught us that? All those archtypes about the old, poor beggar woman who turns out to be a powerful goddess or witch?
Last edited by Barb_D; 12-Jul-2012 at 17:49.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.