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
What the Health, then this pizza will surely kill you.
Then again, Gendry could just be there to swing his war hammer (inspired, surely, by the one his father swung back in the day) on the side of right in the Great War to Come.
The food at each festival was surely delicious, but relations between the towns have turned sour.
Now that Arya is back at Winterfell, surely Jon will draft his capable little sister (er, cousin) into the fight against the White Walkers.
The gate agents will surely thank you for making their jobs even more difficult.
And transgender people don't want to u/Miseryy: Surely there must be some false positives, and then what?
With a more competent, more popular Republican president, some kind of agreement almost surely could have been brokered.
Surely in a rich history that dates to 1860, The Open, played in England and Scotland, has been a stage for many lads from Glasgow.
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First Known Use of surely
Synonymsall right, alright, assuredly, certainly, clearly, definitely, doubtless, easily, forsooth, hands down, inarguably, incontestably, incontrovertibly, indisputably, plainly, really, so, sure, indeed, truly, unarguably, undeniably, undoubtedly, unquestionably
Related Wordsconceivably, likely, perhaps, possibly, probably; obviously, unmistakably
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