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
The restaurant has even come up with its own food challenge to consume what is surely the city's most ballistic, fiery crawfish.
The bill supposedly exempts academic research and artistic expression, but will surely have a chilling effect on any honest discussion of history in both these fields.
This surely foreshadows something awful to come later in the season.
But official or not, surely Waters will have plenty to say.
Bristol and his staff surely know how to cook Idaho’s favorite fish.
But after the glamour of the gridiron has faded, and the fans have moved on, the TV ad industry will still be slowly and surely headed for a reckoning.
He's considered a better prospect than Mayfield, but NFL teams surely have plenty of questions for Mayfield after his exceptional performance that earned the Heisman Trophy.
Crucial in securing loans from major museums across the U.S., surely, was the engagement of the artist himself, now 97, who taught at Davis from 1959 to 2002 and holds the title of professor emeritus at the school.
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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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