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"I do not really get to do much topical material."

A scholarly paper gives that sentence, and it then comments: "Really" performs the function of emphasizer vs. adjunct.

What does it mean by "emphasizer vs. adjunct"?

Thank you

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The context should be able to answer that. –  Kris Sep 26 '12 at 13:39
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Adjunct; emphasizer -- something which emphasises. The phrase means "[functions as] something which emphasises rather than as a disposable adjunct". –  Andrew Leach Sep 26 '12 at 13:47

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"I do not really get to do much topical material."

In this sentence, really, isn't necessary. However, it emphasizes that you don't get do much topical material.

As Andrew Leach had linked in his comment:

an adjunct is an optional, or structurally dispensable, part of a sentence, clause, or phrase that, when removed, will not affect the remainder of the sentence

So...

"I do not get to do much topical material"

The sentence is fine without 'really'.

The phrase emphasizer vs adjunct, going off assumption, is that the sentence contains both, an emphasis and an adjunct. And depending on the rest of context that you did not give, the "scholarly" paper may have been arguing what kind of sentence that was; regardless of all of that, I'd have to also agree with Kris that the context should be able to answer that.

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Thank you very much for all the replies and the link. –  james Sep 27 '12 at 10:53

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