Examples Of Emphatic Adverb

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EMPHATIC “SO” So what it is about the word so that is so enticing? Is it used by so many people in so many different ways that it has become ambiguous, so to speak? This little word is so versatile that it can function as an adjective, adverb, conjunction, pronoun, or interjection, just so you know. It can also be used idiomatically, but so what? So you may ask, what's my point? I wouldn't pretend there was one if it weren't so, so here it is. OK, enough with the exaggeration. The point here is that the use of so is widespread and still changing perhaps not so fast that it has become commonplace, but it is changing never-the-less. One such recent transformation is the function of so as an emphatic adverb. Thus far the usage illustrated adheres…show more content…
Since the meanings are different, I decided to substitute an alternate adverb for each which seemed to be the closest p for the respective meanings; very for intensive so, and definitely for emphatic so. Examples (2) and (3) demonstrate this substitution for both acceptable and unacceptable forms, the latter notated by the symbol (#). 2a) She is very clever. 2b) She is not very clever. 2c) #She is very not clever. 3a) She is definitely clever. 3b) She is definitely not clever. 3c) #She is not definitely clever. Consultation with several native English speakers confirmed that the paraphrases were similar enough meaning to intensive and emphatic so and that they presented different interpretations. For further analysis, I combined the two substitute adverbs in alternating order, in both positive and negative structures as shown in examples (4) and (5): 4a) She is very definitely clever. 4b) She is very definitely not clever. 4c) #She is very not definitely clever. 5a) She is definitely very clever. 5b) She is definitely not very clever. 5c)# She is definitely very not…show more content…
Example (8b) necessarily inserts do to form the negation of (8a), but it does not work when do has been inserted for emphasis as in (8c). While definitely seems to work in all cases, examples (8d) and (8e) are similar to the negative structure of (7c) which we will not address. Additionally, so would not work in (8c) or (8e), and would take a different type of emphatic in (8d), more like the adverb too as a
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