Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    229
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default a sentence structure

    'Absolutely' is currently very commonly used, especially in the media and by
    politicians
    as a general purpose intensifier to show sincerity.

    I have a question about the sentence structure. Does it suggest:

    Both media(or the stuff in the media) and politicians use 'absolutely' a lot.

    Or:
    'Absolutely' is commonly used by politicians when they speak in a media(such as
    giving an interview to a magazine, etc).

    Thank you very much.

  2. #2
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I take "in the media" as meaning that it is said by people talking to reporters, for an example, a spokesman for the police department. So, they are talking about people speaking to the media (reporters), mentioning politicians in particular.

    You can't say speak in a media, although I suppose you can say speak in a medium, but I don't really know how that would work, practically speaking.

    :wink:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: a sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    'Absolutely' is currently very commonly used, especially in the media and by
    politicians
    as a general purpose intensifier to show sincerity.

    I have a question about the sentence structure. Does it suggest:

    Both media(or the stuff in the media) and politicians use 'absolutely' a lot.

    Or:
    'Absolutely' is commonly used by politicians when they speak in a media(such as
    giving an interview to a magazine, etc).

    Thank you very much.
    I agree with Ronbee.
    :) Let me reword your example sentence:

    The word "absolutely" is especially used in the media (by media personnel). It is also used by politicians as....

    All the best,

  4. #4
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,690
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Tautolgies like 'completely and totally' are also popular. Tony Blair is particularly addicted to this. Especially when he'snot being completely, totally and utterly straight with us.

Similar Threads

  1. Are the 5 basic sentence patterns sacred?
    By infinikyte in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: 28-Aug-2009, 21:52
  2. Sentence structure
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2004, 06:22
  3. sentence structure
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-Jun-2004, 16:10
  4. a sentence structure
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Apr-2004, 16:17
  5. grammar
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 17-Dec-2003, 19:02

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk