sure vs. surely
- I can never know how much I bored her, but, be certain, she sure amused me
- —Norman Mailer
- it's a moot point whether politicians are less venal than in Twain's day. But they're sure as the devil more intrusive
- —Alan Abelson
- he sure gets them to play
- —D. S. Looney
- I surely don't want to leave the impression that I had an unhappy childhood
- —E. C. Welsh
- it would surely be possible, within a few years, to program a computer to construct a grammar
- —Noam Chomsky
- surely a book on the avant-garde cannot be so conventional
- —Karl Shapiro
Examples of surely in a Sentence
She answered quickly and surely.
He will surely be missed.
This is surely the best dessert you have ever made.
Surely you must admit that it was a good decision.
Recent Examples of surely from the Web
Rico would arrive with a significant level of culture and technical pedigree which would surely establish the Spaniard as first choice next term, should Bournemouth complete a deal with Leganes.
Abloh, who was recently named artistic director of Louis Vuitton, surely lent some of his designer edge to the stylish compositions.
Trying to absorb Martin’s long, free-associative list of her beliefs while also looking at her paintings would surely defeat the mental clarity that Martin sought to achieve in making her art.
So that means not to expect to see a marquee venture capital firm behind a new marketplace to organize the adderall industry, even if there is surely a better way to connect dealers and buyers.
Yet another royal tradition that will surely be continued for baby Prince Louis is that he'll be blessed with water from the river Jordan, which is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus himself.
Still, surely something else will catch the same lighting in a bottle—or Blitzle in a Pokéball—that Niantic has.
Though Camilla may never get to that level, her worth as Queen Consort will surely skyrocket once the transfer of power is complete.
But if Croatia, a country of 4m people, wins the cup its use will surely be justified.
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by all means, by all odds, damn well, for certain, for sure;
SURELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surely for English Language Learners
: in a confident way
: without a doubt
—used in negative statements to show surprise that something could be true
SURELY Defined for Kids
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