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    Which is correct:
    1-He talked about the problem not unwillingly.

    2-He talked about the problem not very willingly.

    3-He talked about the problem not willingly.

    4-Not willingly, he talked about the problem.

    5-He talked about the problem, not willingly.

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    I'd use 'unwillingly' or a negative verb and 'willingly'.

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    Default Re: adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Which is correct:
    1-He talked about the problem not unwillingly.

    2-He talked about the problem not very willingly.

    3-He talked about the problem not willingly.

    4-Not willingly, he talked about the problem.

    5-He talked about the problem, not willingly.
    I would only use #1. Even though it is a bit clumsy, it is an example of "litotes", negating a negative to make a weak positive. The first is less strong than "He talked about the problem willingly."

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    I think reluctantly works much better than not unwillingly. That is because that is what the writer is saying only it says it more directly. While I understand what litotes is, I don't think the example sentence is a very good example of it.

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    Changing the word is better.

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