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Hopefully or Fortunately?

17/8/17 Hopefully or Fortunately?

Hopefully or Fortunately

Use of hopefully to mean “it is hoped” (rather than “in a hopeful manner”) is widespread, even in legal writing. It is defensible as a sentence adverb similar to fortunately and certainly <fortunately, the jury agreed with us [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][which doesn’t mean that the jury agreed in a fortunate manner]>. But hopefully used this way has been condemned for so long that writers use it at their peril. Its use is a distraction – and careful writers avoid distractions.



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