a potentially / potential disastrous effect

#1
Is there difference between potential and potentially in the following sentence?

Investors fear the company's latest profit warning could have a potential/potentially disastrous effect on the firm's stock price.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    #2
    There doesn't seem to be any significant difference between them. I think "potential" would modify "disastrous effect" and "potentially" would only modify "disastrous". The latter sounds better to me.
     
    #3
    I'm sorry for the late reply.
    Thank you for telling me what kind of difference is in those sentences.

    I would appreciate it if you would tell me why "potentially" sounds better to you.
     

    Scrawny goat

    Senior Member
    English - Ireland
    #4
    'Potential' modifies 'effect'. It's not very useful because 'could have' already signals that the consequence may or may not happen.

    ' Potentially' modifies 'disastrous'. This gives us additional information. The consequence may happen and such consequence may be disastrous.
     
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