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Surely vs. safely #1 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:05 am   Surely vs. safely
 

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #132 "Ways of showing pleasure", question 5

I can ......... say that I don't think I've ever enjoyed myself so much before.

(a) surely
(b) safely
(c) clearly
(d) notably

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #132 "Ways of showing pleasure", answer 5

I can safely say that I don't think I've ever enjoyed myself so much before.

Correct answer: (b) safely

Your answer was: incorrect
I can surely say that I don't think I've ever enjoyed myself so much before.
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why can't we use the word surely?
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Surely vs. safely #2 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:15 am   Surely vs. safely
 

Hi,

The use of surely often suggests: it must be true/it must be a fact. You wouldn't use it in this case in the sentence because the verb is in the first person. You would say: You surely don't believe that.

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Surely vs. safely #3 (permalink) Thu Jun 06, 2013 19:56 pm   Surely vs. safely
 

why can't we use: surely after I?
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