Realistically/Frankly/Honestly speaking, he doesn't stand a chance of getting the job.
Do all of the bolded words fit in the above and mean pretty much the same? Thanks.
Realistically/Frankly/Honestly speaking (adverbial phrase)
all adverbs, describing HOW one is speaking (participle)
Realististically = taking a real look at everything
frankly = being frank about it
honestly = being honest about it
All three sentences are common usage and essentially mean the same thing.
If I had to choose one sentence it would be, 'Realistically speaking, he doesn't stand a chance of getting the job.' 'Honestly' and 'frankly' are adverbs that tend to be a little more opinion-based. 'Realistically' takes into account all of the factors involved in a situation and suggests a less-opinionated outcome.
However, all three sentences are perfectly correct and are considered common usage in North America.