Are these sentences natural? Or what would you say? In any event, I come here once a year. In any case, I come here once a year. I surely come here once a year. I certainly come here once a year. I definitely come here once a year.
Oct 20, 2012 2:06 AM
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All are fine :)
October 20, 2012
Well, the first two are perfect and are synonymous with each other. "in any case/event" is an introductory phrase that signals a conclusion to the topic under discussion. This phrase would not be used without a preceding line of thought. The last three statements lack this kind of introductory statement that signals that a line of thought is being brought to a conclusion. Instead, the three adverbs (-ly words) merely underscore the strength of the statement. The sentence with "surely" sounds slightly less natural than the rest, only because I have trouble imagining a conversation in which an American speaker would say this rather than "certainly" or "definitely" -- but that is only my opinion!
October 20, 2012
They all look fine to me.
October 20, 2012
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