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    #1

    pretty much

    Are all versions OK?

    1a I'm pretty sure that...
    1b I'm pretty much sure that...

    2a I'm pretty disgusted by the fact that...
    2b I'm pretty much disgusted by the fact that...

    3a It pretty surprised me that...
    3b It pretty much surprised me that...

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    Re: pretty much

    3a doesn't work at all. The others are okay, but the various pairs aren't saying the same thing.

    "Pretty X" signifies a high degree of X. It's like saying 'very X'. 'Pretty much X' is saying almost X.
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