Results 1 to 7 of 7

    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 1,157
    #1

    easily the best

    Hello.

    BBC - Music - Review of The New Mastersounds - Keb Darge presents...
    The New Mastersounds are easily the best of the recent crop of bands for whom samplers...

    Is easily interchangeable with "definitely" or "by far"?

    Thank you.


    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 2,036
    #2

    Re: easily the best

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    BBC - Music - Review of The New Mastersounds - Keb Darge presents...
    The New Mastersounds are easily the best of the recent crop of bands for whom samplers...

    Is easily interchangeable with "definitely" or "by far"?

    Thank you.
    You can use "defnitely" in place of "easily" there, but the meaning changes. So you can replace "easily" with it, but then we understand something different.

    easily the best - easy to interpret or judge as the best

    definitely the best - absolutely a sure thing - Of course, this would be based on one's opinion. It is more certain than "easily" in this case.


    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 1,131
    #3

    Re: easily the best

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    BBC - Music - Review of The New Mastersounds - Keb Darge presents...
    The New Mastersounds are easily the best of the recent crop of bands for whom samplers...

    Is easily interchangeable with "definitely" or "by far"?

    Thank you.
    Yes, in the sense that the meaning is saved with the other words.

    But "by far" and "easily" both recall the distance between the first place winner and the second-place runner-up.
    > "The brown horse won the race easily; he crossed the finish line -- ahead by far -- of the one that came in second."

    - So "easily the best" means that it is far ahead of its competitors; "by far the best" means the same thing.

    "Definitely" refers to the idea that no one would disagree with this opinion, that it is a "definite fact."


    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 2,036
    #4

    Re: easily the best

    What a coincidence: Today, 22:07.


    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 1,157
    #5

    Re: easily the best

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Yes, in the sense that the meaning is saved with the other words.

    But "by far" and "easily" both recall the distance between the first place winner and the second-place runner-up.
    > "The brown horse won the race easily; he crossed the finish line -- ahead by far -- of the one that came in second."

    - So "easily the best" means that it is far ahead of its competitors; "by far the best" means the same thing.

    "Definitely" refers to the idea that no one would disagree with this opinion, that it is a "definite fact."
    Could I ask what saved means?


    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 2,036
    #6

    Re: easily the best

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Could I ask what saved means?
    It doesn't alter the meaning of the sentence in a strong way. We can still comprehend the same idea from it. Nonetheless, there is a small, and subtle, difference in meaning.


    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 1,131
    #7

    Re: easily the best

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Could I ask what saved means?
    "Retained," in the sense of "not lost."

    > She saved her reputation by refusing to go out with Alan.

    > The plan was saved at the last minute by some unexpected support.

Similar Threads

  1. Headache is easily stopped...
    By Daruma in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-May-2009, 18:13
  2. easy or easily
    By Tvita in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Mar-2009, 09:41
  3. Plastic gift cards can easily fit in a wallet.
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2007, 03:08
  4. easily
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Dec-2007, 05:47
  5. we lost easily
    By chum in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Jan-2007, 06:46

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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