really dangerous

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really dangerous

Post by azz » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:28 am

a. He really is dangerous.
b. He is really dangerous.

Which means
1. He is very dangerous.
and which means
2. The truth is that he is dangerous.
and which could be used in this context
3. You might think he is X but he in reality he is not X, he is dangerous.

(You might think he is a nice guy, but he is really dangerous.)


Many thanks.

Re: really dangerous

Post by tony h » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:25 pm

I don't think that these two phrases convey the differences you are trying to find, as decribed by the black text.

b. He is really dangerous. - describes someone as dangerous.
a. He really is dangerous. - just seen him being dangerous.

I will try and illustrate the differences:

Charles and Kate are cutting firewood for the next year.
Sven arrives in the woods carrying his chainsaw.
Kate says to Charles, "let's keep out of the way. Sven is really dangerous with a chainsaw".
So they do. Returning a few hours later they passed the clearing where Sven was working. One tree had landed on a car, blood was everywhere and Sven was being taken away in an ambulance.
Charles said, " I see what you mean Kate. He really is dangerous."
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