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    '' incredibly '' change position

    Dear all,

    Does the meaning of '' incredibly ''change in different position ?

    Incredibly, his wife did not know the truth

    His wife did not know the truth incredibly

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    Re: '' incredibly '' change position

    The meaning doesn't change but the word is never used at the end of a sentence like that. Instead, I suggest saying "...which was incredible."

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    Re: '' incredibly '' change position

    Thanks Sato,

    Another question

    Are these two sentences grammatically interchangeable ?

    Incredibly, his wife did not know the truth = it is incredible that his wife did not know the truth

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    Re: '' incredibly '' change position

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,

    Does the meaning of '' incredibly ''change in different position ?

    Incredibly, his wife did not know the truth

    His wife did not know the truth incredibly

    Many thanks
    You could say "His wife did not know the truth, incredibly." Note that the meaning in these examples is not literal. It would be strange to be asserting a proposition that you find unbelievable. So, "incredible" here has to mean astonishing, surprising ...

    The sentence in your above post could have the literal meaning:
    "It is incredible that his wife did not know the truth." Here, you are not asserting that his wife didn't know the truth. In fact, you could be saying that it is impossible to believe that his wife did not know the truth.

    Unfortunately, when a word becomes debased, it's sometimes literally impossible to say in which context it's being used.

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    Re: '' incredibly '' change position

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Unfortunately, when a word becomes debased, it's sometimes literally impossible to say in which context it's being used.
    Indeed! Nice to see that you, at least, are not debasing the underlined word.

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