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    obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    ...'Beautiful paintings ________ (obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently) offer a distraction while ugly ones do not,' said Professor Marina de Tommaso. He said it was the first result to show beauty plays an important part in reducing bodily pain....Do the first three adverbs in the parentheses work as well in this context?Thank you in advance.

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    Professor Marina de Tommaso is quoted as saying, "Beauty obviously offers a distraction that ugly paintings do not." That statement was based on initial research findings; more research is needed. So,


    obviously <based on what we have seen so far>
    clearly <100% sure> It's OK, but might be too confident at this stage
    evidently <based on evidence> It's OK, but 'obviously' (what we see) works better
    apparently <it seems that way, but may not be that way>

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    apparently <it seems that way, but may not be that way>
    I feel that the words I have underlined are not necessarily implied when 'apparently' is used; and, for me, 'evidently' does not imply 'based on evidence. The two words are close in meaning, IMO.

    I could use any of the four in this context.

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I could use any of the four in this context.
    Me, too, but, then again, we are not Professor Marina de Tommaso. So, yes, it's a moot point (open to debate).

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Me, too, but, then again, we are not Professor Marina de Tommaso. So, yes, it's a moot point (open to debate).
    My next question must be then: If you, like me, can use any of the four, why did you put a against the 'apparently' sentence?

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    My next question must be then: If you, like me, can use any of the four, why did you put a against the 'apparently' sentence?
    Semantics (See Definition of apparently adverb from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus.)

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    apparent [...]adj 1. readily visible or perceivable. 2. seeming. apparently adv. - Concise Oxford Dictionary.

    apparently[...] adv. according to what you have heard or read; according to the way sth appears. - Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

    So you have a dictionary to support your view, and I have a couple to support mine. Actually, what I wrote (emphasis added) was, "I feel that the words I have underlined (but may not be that way) are not necessarily implied when 'apparently' is used".

    My question, which you quoted but did not answer, was: "If you, like me, can use any of the four, why did you put a against the 'apparently' sentence?"

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    I think it was because of the person who was the speaker; I too could have used all four, but the speaker was responding to the initial findings about beauty and pain relief and would be using apparently if they were questioning the findings, wouldn't they?.

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    My question, which you quoted but did not answer, was: "If you, like me, can use any of the four, why did you put a against the 'apparently' sentence?"
    It was answered. It just wasn't the answer you wanted.

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    Re: obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently

    This question raises a number of points; there is a difference between what the professor is quoted as saying, what he actually meant and what may be inferred. This then leads to a fuller assessment of the use of 'obviously, clearly, evidently, apparently' in this context.

    The findings by the professor are not guaranteed to be repeated everywhere and with everyone. Therefore he can only make a claim against the number of people involved. But even here there must be some doubt if only because we do not know what questions he asked (without going through his research papers) and this makes a clear answer difficult.

    He may say obviously because it is obvious to him as he assesses the results but it is not obvious to us.
    Clearly is almost the same as obviously but not as strong.
    Evidently is very strong as that implies he has been able to use scientific analysis which should stand up to rigorous challenge.
    That leaves us with apparently which IMO is the correct answer. It can only be apparent because it cannot, as yet, be verified.

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