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    virtually and practically

    Hi,

    could you please tell me whether there is a difference between "virtually" and "practically"? I have the following sentence:

    We see to it that these services may be rendered without red tape and virtually on-site.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: virtually and practically

    we see to it that these services are rendered ..virtually...".

    virtually and practically are synonyms - meaning all but, nearly. Practically usually refers to practical purposes, however its meaning has been extended to mean 'nearly, all but'.

    Language critics sometimes object when the notion of practicality is stripped from the word 'practically'.

    This paper has virtually no mistakes. (practically - sounds wrong here).

    The car was practically undrivable. (virtually - sounds less right to me).

    Play it by the ear!
    Last edited by bianca; 22-Jun-2007 at 19:38.


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    Re: virtually and practically

    The sentence is unclear in its meaning - what is meant by "virtually/practically on site"? Almost on site?

    Or are they saying that they can do this without red tape and actually on site?


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    Re: virtually and practically

    Actually, I donīt know It really sounds strange.

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    Re: virtually and practically

    it is the very thing that I need to know nowadays

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    Re: virtually and practically

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Actually, I donīt know It really sounds strange.
    I don't know what it means either, but I suspect it may have to do with the computer-related meaning of virtual. Here's what Answers.com says:
    vir·tu·al (vûr'chū-əl) pronunciation
    adj.
    ...
    3. Computer Science. Created, simulated, or carried on by means of a computer or computer network: virtual conversations in a chatroom.
    So the service personnel aren't actually on-site, but they log on to your computer over the net.... As I said, I'm not sure; but it seems possible.

    b

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