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    Controversially on/about something?

    Hi,

    Which is correct (or what is the difference between the two)?

    -Controversially on something.
    -Controversially about something.

    I did some google research, but still not sure.

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    #2

    Re: Controversially on/about something?

    Welcome to the forum, djtremolo.

    Neither group of three words means very much on its own. In what context did you wish to use them?

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    Re: Controversially on/about something?

    @5jj, thanks, happy to be here.

    Context would be, for instance, the title of an article etc.:

    -Controversially on/about solar power
    -Controversially on/about green technology

    and so on.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Controversially on/about something?

    If it were the title of an article, it would be ' Controversy about/over/surrounding solar power' - or, more probably, "Solar Power Controversy'.

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    Re: Controversially on/about something?

    Ok.

    What about in the situation like, say, Jack Green: Controversially on/about solar power.

    i.e. Implying continuity (e.g. a series of articles about the same subject)

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    Re: Controversially on/about something?

    It doesn't work for me.

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    #7

    Re: Controversially on/about something?

    Quote Originally Posted by djtremolo View Post
    Ok.

    What about in the situation like, say, Jack Green: Controversially on/about solar power.

    i.e. Implying continuity (e.g. a series of articles about the same subject)
    But that's not what controversially means.
    -Djtremolo
    The problem is that controversy occurs after the event. You can speak about something controversial (it's already widely spoken about). You can speak about something and cause a subsequent controversy, but you couldn't say "In our next four editions, Jack Green speaks controversially about solar power", because we don't whether it's going to be controversial or not yet.

    "Last year, Jack Green wrote controversially about solar power in a series of articles in our magazine". That is possible.

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