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    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    #1

    simply

    Hello.

    Is it common to use "simply" to emphasize a statement?

    You simply must see the play.
    The view is simply wonderful!
    That is simply not true!
    I havenít seen her for simply ages.

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    #2

    Re: simply

    Hello Mebius

    In British English, the use of "simply" in a positive context (your examples 1, 2 and 4) can have a slightly old-fashioned or affected air.

    In a negative context, however, it still seems ok: "that simply isn't true", etc.

    You sometimes find it in slogans and instructions: "simply the best", "open a new document and simply cut and paste the data from your spreadsheet", etc.

    MrP


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    Re: simply

    MrP,

    Thank you for the response. That was helpful.

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