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    I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

    Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

    "I really need to tidy my room." - My room is in poor condition. The emphasis is on the need to tidy it. Tidying it is urgent.
    "I need to really tidy my room." - The room may or may not be in poor condition, but what it needs to be is spotless. The emphasis is on how well I should tidy it.

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    Re: I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

    No correction necessary.

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    #3

    Re: I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

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    1. I am replying to this thread because "really" is my favorite word in the English language. Really!

    2. Some years back, I asked so many questions about this word at another grammar website that the owner courteously and gently asked me to stop posting questions about the use of "really."

    3. If any other member or guest is really/truly interested in this word, please check out a long, scholarly article that I found some years back.

    a. Just google these words: Between epistemic modality and degree: the case of really by Carita Paradis

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    Re: I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Just google these words: Between epistemic modality and degree: the case of really by Carita Paradis
    Thank for that, The Parser. I've just read it and I must say I really found it really stimulating.

    What do you think about what Ms Paradis has to say? Do you find it a convincing argument?

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    #5

    Re: I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

    (1) this question is really surprising
    (2) this is a really surprising question
    (3) this is really a surprising question
    (4) this really is a surprising question
    (5) really this is a surprising question
    I find this use of itallics very interesting. I (think I) have never seen it before. It really makes really really stand out.

    This was a great read. Thank you, The Parser. I'll happily pirate print it and make/bind [?] a book out of it (what do you call using polivinyl acetate to glue the long edge of a stack of printed pages to create a physical "book"? I don't think it's bookbinding - calling it as such would be an insult to bookbinders.)

    I've been reading up on intensifiers, profanity, and what most consider their pet peeves - the words that you can remove from a sentence without affecting its meaning in a significant way. This is one of the works I'll definitely go back to more than once.

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    #6

    Re: I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    I find this use of italics very interesting. I (think I) have never seen it before. It really makes really really stand out.
    The rule is that you reverse the current type style. When you're in normal type, you italicize it; when you're in an italic section, you switch the highlighted text to normal type.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: I (really) need to (really) tidy my room

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post

    What do you think about what Ms Paradis has to say? Do you find it a convincing argument?
    NOT A TEACHER

    Hello, Jutfrank:

    1. I am so happy that other people can discover that little gem of a paper.

    2. Since learners come to "Ask a Teacher" for accurate information from teachers such as you, I shall refrain from expressing my opinion, lest I unwittingly mislead some of my fellow learners of English.

    3. Since I canceled my newspaper subscription (its editorial policy upsets me), I have been looking for something to read. Glizdka's excellent thread reminded me of that paper in my files, so I am now slowly rereading it -- again. Some of it is very difficult for me to understand.

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