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    barely (un)conscious

    Hi,

    1- I was barely conscious.
    2 -I was barely unconscious.

    What's the different between ''barely unconscious'' and ''barely conscious''? I think the first implies, for example, that I cannot remember anything that happened, say, yesterday. But I cannot make sure what the second one implies.

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    Re: barely (un)conscious

    Barely unconscious is perhaps not impossible, but I wouldn't use it. The reader will wonder what the difference is between slightly, barely, and completely unconscious.
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    #3

    Re: barely (un)conscious

    The second one doesn't really make sense. Did you hear it somewhere? It was quite likely a mistake.

    (Cross-posted with above.)

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    Re: barely (un)conscious

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The second one doesn't really make sense. Did you hear it somewhere? It was quite likely a mistake.

    (Cross-posted with above.)
    No, I made it up to see if that kind of sentence could be possible.

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    Re: barely (un)conscious

    By the way, I've found a sentence with a phrase barely unconscious.

    ''When a patient moves, she is probably inadequately anesthetized, but if the patient is anesthetized to the point where she does not move, is the patient barely unconscious or in a deep coma? We don't know.'' (p. 107)

    Taken from The Anesthesia Fact Book: Everything You Need To Know Before Surgery.

    https://books.google.com.tr/books?id...;'&f=false

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    #6

    Re: barely (un)conscious

    I'm not surprised that it exists, but I would not recommend using the phrase.
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    Re: barely (un)conscious

    I would have expected to see "merely", rather than "barely", in that example. However, I suppose that in terms of anaesthetic, one could be "barely anaesthetised/unconscious", meaning only just the other side of conscious. The person would still be unconscious though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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