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    Nordic Bill is offline Member
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    Default Part, partly, partially ...

    I was just wondering which option (part, partly or partially) would sound best here:

    "Alitalia is ________________________ government-owned."

    I am skeptical about the first one (part) - if it's acceptable, it's probably more colloquial than either of the remaining two.

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    Bill

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    Default Re: Part, partly, partially ...

    Hello Bill

    You could say:

    1. A. is part-government-owned.

    It wouldn't necessarily be informal. Cf.

    2. A. is part-owned by the government.

    But #1 might seem a little ungainly.

    "Partially" has a sense of "incompletely", so might suit certain contexts:

    3. Nonsense! A. is only partially government-owned, not wholly government-owned!

    For neutral usage, however, I would choose "partly".

    All the best,
    MrP

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    Default Re: Part, partly, partially ...

    Wow! Great rundown of the various options.

    Thanks a lot.

    Rgs,
    Bill

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    Default Re: Part, partly, partially ...

    That's pedantry at its finest.

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    Question Re: Part, partly, partially ...

    What's the difference between partially and partly? Dictionaries don't want to help me in this problem.

    Best,
    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Part, partly, partially ...

    I know - these can be a tad tricky at times.

    I have another related question (although the sentence structure is different here). It's uncertainty as to whether to use "separate" or "separately" in a sentence from a credit card user's guide I am currently translating:

    "If you must carry your PIN code on your person, keep it _____________________ from the wallet containing your credit card."

    I have a feeling both are correct. The adjective (separate) would serve to describe the status of the credit card (= it is separate from other items), however the presence of the verb (= to keep) would seem to warrant the use of the adverb, separately.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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