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    conveniently

    Dear all,

    What's the meaning of the adverb "conveniently" in the following example:

    "Since my sister started to make this sauce, my brother in law has taken a liking to it and that's all he eats, conveniently"

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: conveniently

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What's the meaning of the adverb "conveniently" in the following example:

    "Since my sister started to make this sauce, my brother in law has taken a liking to it and that's all he eats, conveniently"

    Thanks a lot.
    convenient [kənˈviːnɪənt]adj1. suitable for one's purpose or needs; opportune
    2. easy to use
    3. close by or easily accessible; handy
    convenient - definition of convenient by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    In this case, 'convenient' means it fits well; it's useful.
    It's useful / handy / opportune that the sister makes it and he eats it.
    It would not be convenient if the sister made it and no one ate it; or if that's all the brother ate, but the sister didn't make it. That would be inconvenient, because they'd have to keep going to the shop to buy some more.

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    Re: conveniently

    Not a teacher.

    Barring any more context, I would be inclined to read the "conveniently" as sarcastic.

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    Re: conveniently

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Not a teacher.

    Barring any more context, I would be inclined to read the "conveniently" as sarcastic.
    "sarcatic in what sense?" can you give me a synonym, please?

    Thanks

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    #5

    Re: conveniently

    His brother-in-law is always over at his house, eating this food that he (the brother-in-law) is not paying for. That's "convenient" for the brother-in-law, but maybe not so convenient for the speaker/author of the sentence.

    Maybe sarcasm wasn't intended, but the placement of the adverb at the end tends to make me think so.

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    Re: conveniently

    Yes, it could be ironic.
    It could mean that it's not convenient because the brother eats all the sauce she makes and there's none left for anyone else. That would be described as sarcasm - saying the opposite of what is actually meant.
    Simply saying the opposite of what one means is the lowest form of sarcasm/irony.

    Read brother-in-law, etc. where appropriate.

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