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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    I'm deadly sure.

    In this sentence:

    'I'm deadly sure!'

    What's the correct form and why?

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    #2

    Re: What's wrong here?

    It should be "I'm dead sure!" We use "dead" to mean "absolutely" in several contexts.

    You're dead wrong.
    He's dead right.
    I'm dead certain.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Interested in Language
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    #3

    Re: What's wrong here?

    We found the place by dead reckoning.
    I am not a teacher.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #4

    Re: What's wrong here?

    She's dead keen on the idea.

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    #5

    Re: I'm deadly sure.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

  6. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #6

    Re: What's wrong here?

    I'm dead broke. (= I have no money)

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