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    he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    The ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because it ...... brought good luck and fertility.


    1. doubtfully
    2. presumably
    3. actually
    4. hopefully


    ME:4
    Answer key:2

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    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    The ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because it ...... brought good luck and fertility.


    1. doubtfully
    2. presumably
    3. actually
    4. hopefully


    ME:4
    Answer key:2
    I don't find any of the options acceptable.

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    #3

    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    The ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because it ...... brought good luck and fertility.


    1. doubtfully
    2. presumably
    3. actually
    4. hopefully


    ME:4
    Answer key:2
    I have no problem with #2. They believed it was likely to be true even though it was not proven -- a superstition.

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    #4

    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    A much more natural and meaningful sentence would be: The ancient Scandinavians venerated mistletoe because they believed (that) it brought good luck and fertility.

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    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A much more natural and meaningful sentence would be: The ancient Scandinavians venerated mistletoe because they believed (that) it brought good luck and fertility.
    Yes, but #2 is still acceptable.

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    #6

    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    In BrE, I don't find #2 acceptable at all. Just because a group of people thought (assumed/presumed) that something was true, that doesn't mean we can use "presumably".

    I would say that none of them fit. I would reword it "... because it was thought to bring good luck and fertility". At a push, I might say "... because it was presumed to bring ...". I would not use "presumably" in that sentence at all.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    It's a poor question. The answer that fits the sentence best for me, apart from being factually wrong, is C).

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    #8

    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I have no problem with #2. They believed it was likely to be true even though it was not proven -- a superstition.
    I agree that it would be used that way in the US.

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    Re: he ancient Scandinavians venerated the mistletoe because

    As an AmE speaker, I would also say presumably works acceptably here. Not elegant, not quite le mot juste, but okay, and clear enough. Something like allegedly, or reportedly, or supposedly.

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