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    a sentence structure

    'Absolutely' is currently very commonly used, especially in the media and by
    politicians
    as a general purpose intensifier to show sincerity.

    I have a question about the sentence structure. Does it suggest:

    Both media(or the stuff in the media) and politicians use 'absolutely' a lot.

    Or:
    'Absolutely' is commonly used by politicians when they speak in a media(such as
    giving an interview to a magazine, etc).

    Thank you very much.

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    I take "in the media" as meaning that it is said by people talking to reporters, for an example, a spokesman for the police department. So, they are talking about people speaking to the media (reporters), mentioning politicians in particular.

    You can't say speak in a media, although I suppose you can say speak in a medium, but I don't really know how that would work, practically speaking.

    :wink:

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    Re: a sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    'Absolutely' is currently very commonly used, especially in the media and by
    politicians
    as a general purpose intensifier to show sincerity.

    I have a question about the sentence structure. Does it suggest:

    Both media(or the stuff in the media) and politicians use 'absolutely' a lot.

    Or:
    'Absolutely' is commonly used by politicians when they speak in a media(such as
    giving an interview to a magazine, etc).

    Thank you very much.
    I agree with Ronbee.
    :) Let me reword your example sentence:

    The word "absolutely" is especially used in the media (by media personnel). It is also used by politicians as....

    All the best,

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    #4
    Tautolgies like 'completely and totally' are also popular. Tony Blair is particularly addicted to this. Especially when he'snot being completely, totally and utterly straight with us.

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