Thank you for your answering. If I doesn't put who is before a serious addicted one, would this sentence be so colloquial? That's what I'm worried as I am afraid examiners may consider this not suited to be written in test papers. (especially formal writing may be required)It sounds a lot better without the which is, Henry. But I really think the serious addicted one should be a serious addicted one because you haven't mentioned any specific serious addicted smoker before. If you carried on from your sentence to refer back to that person, you might say You know, my friend George, the serious addicted smoker ~ you met him last year.
(I'd probably also change now and are around.)
Yes, we use seriously to mean really here too, Out2 (at least I think we do).I'm not sure if it's the same in BE, but here 'seriously' is commonly used to mean 'really'. That's what I thought Henry was after.
It really helps, but what's at that for? why do we need at that?Yes, we use seriously to mean really here too, Out2 (at least I think we do).
Henry, perhaps the most formal version would be something like:
I am depressed to know you are now a smoker, and a seriously addicted one at that.
(I'm using seriously in its literal sense here: gravely.)
Does that help?
Hi Ewie, when does a comma need to be places after moreover? In doing so, will there be any difference?Hi Henry. At that is a kind of 'intensifier' which could be replaced by moreover.
... and moreover a seriously addicted one
i.e. not just a casual smoker but a seriously addicted one.
My question has been solved, thanks you for your help of many times in this topic, Ewie.I certainly wouldn't put a comma after moreover in this particular sentence, Henry ~ it would slow it down too much.
(I'd probably use one if the sentence was more complex, e.g.:
I was shocked to discover that he had taken up smoking and, moreover, regardless of the fact that he knows full well it is a bad habit, that he has no intention of trying to quit.)