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    slightly & certainly

    1.The doctor took one look at me and said that I was ___________ overweight.
    A. slightly B. accurately C. certainly D. continuously
    Why is “C. certainly” correct? Why not “slightly”? Many thanks.

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    Re: slightly & certainly

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    1.The doctor took one look at me and said that I was ___________ overweight.
    A. slightly B. accurately C. certainly D. continuously
    Why is “C. certainly” correct? Why not “slightly”? Many thanks.
    Both 'slightly' and 'certainly' would fit.

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    Re: slightly & certainly

    Could you explain further?


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    Re: slightly & certainly

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    Could you explain further?
    "slightly overweight" would mean just a few kilogramms, not significantly and not much to worry about.

    "certainly overweight" means, it is obvious that the person is overweight, he or she ist definitely overweight.

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    Re: slightly & certainly

    Thank you for your kindness. I got what you mean. My question here is which one is better "slightly" or "certainly" or both?

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    Re: slightly & certainly

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    Thank you for your kindness. I got what you mean. My question here is which one is better "slightly" or "certainly" or both?
    If the doctor could tell from just one look that the person was overweight, 'ertainly' is probably better.

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    Re: slightly & certainly

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If the doctor could tell from just one look that the person was overweight, 'certainly' is probably better.
    Yep - The old "nothing-to-do-with-vocabulary in the vocabulary test" trick!

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