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    understandably - word usage

    Hi,

    'He speaks understandably.'

    Is the above sentence correct to say that he is speaking in a manner such that others can understand him?

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    Re: understandably - word usage

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: understandably - word usage

    No, not really.

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    #4

    Re: understandably - word usage

    No, not really.
    Then, how to say it correctly?

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    Re: understandably - word usage

    I'd say comprehensibly. We usually use "understandably" when talking about things we can accept emotionally rather than intellectually.
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    #6

    Re: understandably - word usage

    Try:
    He speaks clearly.

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    Re: understandably - word usage

    You could also say He speaks intelligibly. but I think He speaks clearly. is better.

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    Re: understandably - word usage

    'Understandably seems fine to me. This Ngram suggests it is no less used than 'comprehensibly.

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    Re: understandably - word usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'Understandably seems fine to me. This Ngram suggests it is no less used than 'comprehensibly.
    The ngram can't tell us how the words are being used, though. My contention is that comprehensibly (as well as intelligibly and clearly) means "in a way which can be heard distinctly", while understandably means "in a way with which I can sympathize".
    Last edited by GoesStation; 06-Feb-2017 at 16:06.
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