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    Sometimes / increasingly / fortunately

    1. Is there a meaning difference among them, you think?

    Sometimes
    , he takes a walk.

    He sometimes takes a walk.

    He takes a walk sometimes.



    2. Can we rewrite the sentences to -that clauses?


    2.1) Fortunately, I passed the test.
    -> it was fortunate that I passed the test.


    2.2) Increasingly, they distrust the government.
    -> it is increasing that they do not trust the government.


    3. Do you sense any difference between 2.2) and 3.1)

    3.1) They increasingly distrust the government.

    Thank you for your time and help as usual and I hope to hear from you.
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    Re: Sometimes / increasingly / fortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    1. Is there a meaning difference among between them, do you think?

    Sometimes
    , he takes a walk.
    He sometimes takes a walk.
    He takes a walk sometimes.
    No
    2. Can we rewrite the sentences to -that clauses?

    2.1) Fortunately, I passed the test. -> it was fortunate that I passed the test.
    2.2) Increasingly, they distrust the government. -> it is increasing that they do not trust the government.
    2.1 - Yes, with a slightly different meaning,
    2.2 - No
    3. Do you sense any difference between 2.2) and 3.1)

    3.1) They increasingly distrust the government.
    There could be.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Sep-2012 at 09:54.

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    Re: Sometimes / increasingly / fortunately

    Thank you so much and could you tell me some nuance you sense between 2.2) and 3.1), if you don't mind?

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    Re: Sometimes / increasingly / fortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    2.2) Increasingly, they distrust the government.
    3.1) They increasingly distrust the government.
    2.2 could suggest that more and more of 'they' are beginning to distrust the government. 3.1 could suggest that the degree of distrust is increasing; it's not that more people distrust the government, but that the same number of people distrust it more.

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