I know, right?
The internet takes you on wonderful journeys, and today I found out about adverbial adjuncts. My path there began by wondering about the overused and redundant ‘to be honest’ that is added to statements.
To be honest I always lie.Unsure person
Similarly there is the popular (and probably American) ‘go ahead’, as in ‘I’m going to go ahead’. This is something that seems unnecessary, and almost a meta statement of intent.
I’m going to go ahead and do this thingIndirect person
One of my least favourite, and not an adverbial adjunct itself, is ‘is there a reason’.
Is there a reason you did this thing?Passive-aggressive person
The answer is almost always yes, there is a reason. There are probably many reasons. They may not be good reasons, but asking in this way seems like an indirect accusation:
Why did you do this dumb thing?Aggressive person
I’ve probably used this many times myself and I’m certainly going to try using alternatives.
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