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'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern'



 
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'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern' #1 (permalink) Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:54 pm   'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #87 "Present Simple (4)", question 6

It was a different sort of worry that was ......... a concern. He wants to see her again.

(a) exactly
(b) fairly
(c) usually
(d) almost

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #87 "Present Simple (4)", answer 6

It was a different sort of worry that was almost a concern. He wants to see her again.

Correct answer: (d) almost

Your answer was: incorrect
It was a different sort of worry that was fairly a concern. He wants to see her again.
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why its almost and why cant it be fairly?

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Fairly/almost #2 (permalink) Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:58 am   Fairly/almost
 

Almost has the sense of just not reaching something. You can use it with a verb: He almost succeeded in breaking the record but failed by three seconds. You can use it with a noun: It has become almost a problem.

Fairly has the sense of quite (not completely) and is usually used to qualify an adjective/adverb as in: You can complete this exercise fairly easily because the questions are fairly simple.

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'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern' #3 (permalink) Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:17 pm   'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern'
 

he failed by three seconds=it was lacking him three seconds to be a new champion?

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'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern' #4 (permalink) Sat Sep 08, 2012 14:46 pm   'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern'
 

Why not exactly the concern?
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'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern' #5 (permalink) Sat Sep 08, 2012 14:59 pm   'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern'
 

The question reads 'a concern' not 'the concern'.
Even if you were to accept 'exactly the concern' (as a form of 'the specific concern), 'exactly' doesn't work with an indefinite article.
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'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern' #6 (permalink) Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:07 am   'almost a concern' vs. 'fairly a concern'
 

Beeesneees wrote:
The question reads 'a concern' not 'the concern'.
Even if you were to accept 'exactly the concern' (as a form of 'the specific concern), 'exactly' doesn't work with an indefinite article.

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