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    What does "really" modify?

    "Mr. X rushes at everything, without any consideration, and really without any regard for anything except his own vanity."

    What do you think "really" modifies?


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    Re: What does "really" modify?

    In my opinion, it modifies "without any regard for anything except his own vanity", similarly to "really" in

    I played really well.

    which modifies "well".

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    Re: What does "really" modify?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    "Mr. X rushes at everything, without any consideration, and really without any regard for anything except his own vanity."
    I wonder if 'really' adds certain modality to the sentence

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    Re: What does "really" modify?

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    I wonder if 'really' adds certain modality to the sentence
    In the sense that it is adding the idea of '(in) reality', the answer is probably 'yes'.

    Here endeth my contribution to this thread. I learnt, long ago, that discussions about 'really' can be far more bitter than minor squabbles about the subjunctive, split infinitives, ending a clause with a preposition, or whether it should be It is I or It is me.

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    Re: What does "really" modify?

    Thank you so much to Birdeen's Call, Esgaleth, and 5jj.

    As you know, the answer often depends on how a person pronounces that word in speech.

    I was thinking:

    Birdeen's Call is "correct" if you read the word without a pause and without any stress. In that case, perhaps it

    merely emphasizes the prepositional phrase.

    Esgaleth and 5jj are "correct" if you pause before and after the word. In that case, perhaps it is the speaker's

    judgment: "To tell the truth."

    Yes, 5jj is absolutely right: many people will not touch this subject with a 10-foot/ barge pole. I thank you all for having had the

    courage to do so.

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