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    Honestly?

    Hello.
    Yesterday, one of my colleagues made a joke concerning one of my daily habits. Actually making jokes in my country sometimes is a way of implying that you are doing something that others do not like it.
    So, I have tried to ask my colleague if there is any problem. I wanted my colleague to be honest so I asked the following
    "Honestly George, Do you have any problem regarding my..."

    I think I am using Honestly (at the beginning of the sentence) in a way that is ok in my country but not in English. Could you please help me ask the same question using honest-ly in a more British-appropriate way?

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    Re: Honestly?

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello.
    Yesterday, one of my colleagues made a joke concerning one of my daily habits. Actually making jokes in my country sometimes is a way of implying that you are doing something that others do not like it.
    So, I have tried to ask my colleague if there is any problem. I wanted my colleague to be honest so I asked the following
    "Honestly George, Do you have any problem regarding my..."

    I think I am using Honestly (at the beginning of the sentence) in a way that is ok in my country but not in English. Could you please help me ask the same question using honest-ly in a more British-appropriate way?

    Best Regards
    Alex.
    Perhaps 'Don't use it at the beginning of a sentence when you mean 'speaking in an honest way'. It's more likely to be used there as a sort of reinforcement: Honestly, I never heard of such a thing in all my life!

    In your case you could put a sort of tag at the end of your question:'Do you have ... ? Be honest/Tell the truth/Don't pull your punches' (the last is informal). Or you could use a similar command (or condition) before your question: 'Be honest - Do you ...? or 'Being honest, will you tell me....? Or, jokingly you could add 'I'm a big boy now - I can take it.'

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    Re: Honestly?

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello.
    Yesterday, one of my colleagues made a joke concerning one of my daily habits. Actually making jokes in my country sometimes is a way of implying that you are doing something that others do not like it.
    So, I have tried to ask my colleague if there is any problem. I wanted my colleague to be honest so I asked the following
    "Honestly George, Do you have any problem regarding my..."

    I think I am using Honestly (at the beginning of the sentence) in a way that is ok in my country but not in English. Could you please help me ask the same question using honest-ly in a more British-appropriate way?

    Best Regards
    Alex.
    Regardless of any grammatical arguments, this is a common thing to say. I'm pretty sure George would understand what you meant (assuming he speaks English).

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    Re: Honestly?

    When I said 'Perhaps...' I wasn't stating any kind of rule, I was just suggesting that in my experience a native speaker of Br Eng wouldn't start with the word 'Honestly' in the situation you described.

    I've been reflecting on this, and come up with what I think is a more likely adverbial phrase: 'In all honesty,...' [Note: No L. The word is 'honesTY'.] This phrase is typically used at the beginning of questions needing an honest answer.

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-Apr-2010 at 21:44. Reason: Added note

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    Re: Honestly?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I've been reflecting on this, and come up with what I think is a more likely adverbial phrase: 'In all honesty,...' [Note: No L. The word is 'honesTY'.] This phrase is typically used at the beginning of questions needing an honest answer.

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    "In all honesty, ..." is a good phrase.
    So is "Speaking honestly, ...", of which "Honestly, ..." is a colloquial contraction.

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    Re: Honestly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "In all honesty, ..." is a good phrase.
    So is "Speaking honestly, ...", of which "Honestly, ..." is a colloquial contraction.

    Could you please provide an example of the In all honesty phrase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Could you please provide an example of the In all honesty phrase?

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    If you say something in all honesty, you are telling the complete truth. It can be used as a way of introducing a negative opinion whilst trying to be polite;
    In all honesty, I have to say that I was not happy with her result.

    It is effectively used to admit one’s fault.
    Admittedly, I'm responsible and for that, I'm sorry. But in all honesty, if I had the chance, I'd do it again.

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