Increasingly / Frankly

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Young people Increasingly distrust all forms of government.

 

Increasingly, young people distrust all forms of government.

 

I can sense some difference between the sentences below, but I do not sense any difference in meaning between the sentences above, but different locations of "increasingly". How do you native English speakers feel about the sentences?

 

Frankly, he did not say anything.

 

He did not frankly say anything.

 

 

Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

edited Sep 03 '12 at 23:58 Hans Contributor

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Yes, there is a difference in meaning between your "frankly" examples while there is not in your "increasingly" examples.

 

Why?

 

Increasingly, young people distrust all forms of government.

Frankly, he did not say anthing.

 

In those two examples, the adverbs increasingly/frankly are used as sentence modifiers.

 

Young people increasingly distrust all forms of government.

He did not frankly say anything.

 

In these two examples, increasingly/frankly are used as submodifiers.

 

Looking to the dictionary, we see that increasingly has the same meaning in both uses, but that frankly has slightly different meanings depending upon how in a sentence it is used.

 

I hope this helps.

link answered Sep 04 '12 at 01:23 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

So you mean that some adverbs function differently and it causes different meanings, depending on locations, but some do not? English is not easy to get...What a woman and what an English!!

HansSep 04 '12 at 01:34

Oh! I forgot to say "Thank you".

HansSep 04 '12 at 01:56

Yes. When your browse a dictionary, you will see that many words can be many different parts of speech -- sometimes a noun, sometimes an adjective, sometimes a verb. It is the context that tells us how to interpret the word.

Jeff PribylSep 04 '12 at 04:23

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