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    Red face Usage of potential and potentially

    Hello, teachers:

    I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning between the sentences below:

    (1) Chemical X poses a potential, severe risk to chemists.
    (2) Chemical X potentially poses a severe risk to chemists.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Usage of potential and potentially

    Quote Originally Posted by KYO1 View Post
    Hello, teachers:

    I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning between the sentences below:

    (1) Chemical X poses a potential, severe risk to chemists. I don't much like this one.
    (2) Chemical X potentially poses a severe risk to chemists.

    Thanks!
    "Posing a potential risk" and "Potentially posing a risk" would probably mean the same thing to most people.
    I'd prefer "(3) Chemical X poses a potentially severe risk to chemists."

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