...ly speaking

hplv1561w

Member
Việt Nam
Every now and then I see people using such phrases as technically speaking, politically speaking, etc
I also see the phrases in the Longman Active Dictionary.
However, my English teacher said the use of "...ly speaking" is just a rather clumsy way of saying: "from a .... perspective".
I was wondering what native speakers think?
Thanks.
 
  • MonikaUSA

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Hello, hplv1561w: Your first example has little to do with technology or tools. Sometimes a sentence adverb, to which you refer, describe how someone is speaking rather than using an adjective to modify their "perspective."
     

    temple09

    Senior Member
    English - British
    I disagree with your teacher. "From a .... perspective" is an educated, formal way of saying something. That does not make "...ly speaking" clumsy.
    However, I would suggest that "...ly" doesn't work all of the time, and in these circumstances it can sound clumsy. So, maybe your teacher is trying to ensure that you always say it correctly, by sticking to the reliable option.
     
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