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Joe

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'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.
 

RonBee

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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.

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Casiopea

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Joe said:
'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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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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