I am looking for a synonym to the word "importantly" in this sentence (as well as other grammar tips because this sentence is messing with my brain):

"Perhaps more importantly, I learned the importance of the qualities of true friends, who were always there to support me."

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    Significantly or Crucially could replace "importantly". – Joe Dark Oct 17 '15 at 20:46
  • Your sentence would sound better if it starts by "Most of all, I learned ...". Also, to simplify the text, you may choose between "I learned the importance [or worth] of true friends" or "I appreciated the qualities of true friends". – Graffito Oct 17 '15 at 21:12

The reason it sounds strange to you is because you are using important twice.

If I were to write this sentence, I would keep the word importantly and replace important.

Perhaps more importantly, I learned how significant the qualities of my true friends were, and how supportive they could be in times of crisis.

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    I agree with this; another option for the second part would be "I learned to value the qualities of... " – JHCL Oct 17 '15 at 22:22

I'll suggest 'saliently':

Of immaterial things, qualities, etc.: Standing out from the rest; prominent, conspicuous ....


Actually, you should use the adjective important not the adverb importantly.

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    Could you expand on this a bit more, to help justify your claim? Specifically (hint), why would an adjective be more appropriate? – JHCL Oct 18 '15 at 17:38

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