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After discussing my colleagues about the accuracy of these sentences, I reached an impasse. Would you please share your opinions with me?
1. He was driving fast indeed.
2. He was driving quite fast indeed.
3. It's cold. ~ It's indeed.
( ME: A. Wrong, B. Wrong, C. Right.)
( My colleagues:
1 = wrong.
2 = correct [but only in spoken English].
3 = partially correct ... It is my opinion that the second part of this really ought not to be abbreviated/contracted. It would more properly be written/spoken as "It IS indeed". This would give the statement emphasis. )
I want to know that why we use "very" in the first sentence but not in the second one.
1. He was driving very fast indeed.
2. Mina's future looked promising indeed.
There's no reason why you can't use 'very' in #2 if you want to.
In fact, it sounds better with 'very' than without it.
You mean "Mina's future looked very promising indeed" would be better from "Mina's future looked promising indeed" ? I agree with you.
Michael Swan recommends not using indeed in this sense without very. However, this is Oxford's example that was used without very.
Last edited by Freeguy; 03-Jan-2014 at 07:11.
I gave you my idea in post #5.