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    hopefully

    Recently, I read that the word hopefully was alienated by few sections of English speaking community. Also, The instructors of one of the famous exams(GMAT) have been advocating that whenever hopefully is used, the sentence is usually wrong.

    What is this story behind 'hopefully'? Could someone please divulge it?

    Thanks so much for your advanced response

    Kiran

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    Re: hopefully

    I'm not sure what you mean by "alienated", but in any case this issue has been discussed here many times. Try a few searches. I'll leave it to other teachers who have the necessary links to hand.

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    Re: hopefully

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Recently, I read that the word hopefully was alienated by few sections of English speaking community. Also, The instructors of one of the famous exams(GMAT) have been advocating that whenever hopefully is used, the sentence is usually wrong.

    What is this story behind 'hopefully'? Could someone please divulge it?

    Thanks so much for your advanced response

    Kiran
    The old “rule” was that “hopefully” had to be used with a subject who was hopeful about something:
    “Hopefully, John sat a little closer to Mary on the couch”.
    “Hopefully, I watched the lotto being drawn on TV”.
    GMAT would accept that.

    But no one actually uses “hopefully” this way. It is used in the sense of “It is to be hoped that …” This is the usage that GMAT says is wrong.

    “Hopefully, it won’t rain today”.
    “Hopefully, interest rates will fall soon”.
    This is supposed to be wrong because interest rates, etc. can’t be hopeful.
    This is one of those old "rules" that people no longer follow (if they ever did).



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    Re: hopefully

    Oh, I see. Thanks so much for your immediate response, Ray! :)

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