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robjen
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 3:07:23 AM
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I am not sure which adverb works better in my example.

(ex) Doing housework for two hours a day reduces my free time marginally or moderately.

Thank you for your help.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:12:54 AM
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They have different meanings.

A marginal effect would barely be noticeable; a moderate effect would certainly be noticeable, but would be less efficacious than a huge effect.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 1:29:56 PM

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To add to what Romany has said it could be either depending on the context.

A person who works a part-time job might find 2hrs of housework reduces their free time moderately a retired person who has no other intrests might find 2hrs of housework has marginal effects.

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