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    Re: to be honest

    Quote Originally Posted by jozi209
    thanks...i think my teacher called it a conditional adverbial phrase. he also said that "honestly" is not equal to 'to be honest'...he said that to be honest is not epistemic...can someone clear this up for me? thanks:)
    "honestly" is different: It modifies directly:

    EX: Honestly (speaking), I don't want to take extra work at the moment.

    On the other hand, "to be honest" modifies the entire sentence, which makes it a conjunctive adverb, in function, and an infinitive phrase in form:

    EX: To be honest, I don't want to take extra work at the moment.
    EX: I don't want to take extra work at the moment, to be honest.

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    Re: to be honest

    thanks very much for everyone's help:)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    "honestly" is different: It modifies directly:

    EX: Honestly (speaking), I don't want to take extra work at the moment.

    On the other hand, "to be honest" modifies the entire sentence, which makes it a conjunctive adverb, in function, and an infinitive phrase in form:

    EX: To be honest, I don't want to take extra work at the moment.
    EX: I don't want to take extra work at the moment, to be honest.

    What does "honestly" directly modify? I think it modifies the entire sentence as "to be honest" does. However, "honestly" functions as an adverb. Right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jozi209
    thanks very much for everyone's help:)
    Thank YOU, Jozi. I like your question.

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    Re: to be honest

    It depends:

    She answered the questions honeslty. (No)
    Honestly, I have had enough of this! (Yes)


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    #16

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    I see. Thanks, Rich!

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