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# "Hopefully" in the GMAT

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17 May 2010, 07:40
Hi everyone. I've seen in some SC posts that some people say that "hopefully" is not accepted in the GMAT world.
Can any of you provide the source? I have not seen it in MGMAT, OG or Kaplan so far. Can you also provide the explanation? I know that hopefully is very common coloquially, and wanted to know just out of curiosity why is not correct in the GMAT.
Thank you all for your help.

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17 May 2010, 08:58
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"Hopefully I am going to do well on the GMAT." This is incorrect English. We use it to try to convey that we hope we will do well. Instead it conveys that I will be hopeful while doing well on the GMAT. It is therefore largely discouraged.

It is okay to say, "Mother, may I come to Florida with you? he asked hopefully." (Interior quotes not used) This conveys properly that he is hopeful that his mother will say yes and has no confusion. I have not seen any practice questions that dealt with this expression.

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19 May 2010, 20:23
Yes!!!!!!!!! I understood!

Thank you very much for your explanation. I'm already correcting my acquaintances every time they use it in the wrong way, hehehehe.
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05 Jun 2010, 09:57
I have also read the same is incorrect on GMAT, nice explanation by "skip"... +1 point..
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