I'm trying to reply to an email from a research collaborator. He sent me an article of his and asked me to review it. My question is what is the proper word/phrase to convey that I have read the article "almost completely" or "almost thoroughly". I have this in mind- 'I have fairly read your article'. But I need better suggestions.


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    Essentially? Effectively? Sufficiently? Note that I'm only throwing out guess and not providing an actual answer. You need to be clearer in what you're looking for. – Jason Bassford Dec 1 '18 at 16:34
  • @JasonBassford Since the verb here is 'to read', I guess sufficiently would better fit in from the guesses you made. I'm looking for some word/phrase which describes that I've adequately done a job, although not completely (like 100%) – saz521 Dec 2 '18 at 6:17
  • It seems from your question that you'd be happy with something longer than a single word; if that's the case you might want to edit your question to add idiom-requests and phrase-requests tags. – tmgr Dec 9 '18 at 13:21
  • Sorry, that doesn't belong here. If it did, you might at worst define a fair description and ask for a synonym - which would still not be appropriate. What you're actually asking belongs in a dictionary. Since you're here, why would you want anything but "glanced at" or "skimmed over"? – Robbie Goodwin Dec 11 '18 at 0:17
  • Thanks tmgr and Robbie. I've added the phrase-request tag. @Robbie can you suggest me a reverse dictionary website where they give out word-suggestions for some description of what I need. Thanks! – saz521 Dec 15 '18 at 12:30

Depending on context, I would say something like "I skimmed over it", or "I did a first pass, and here's my feedback" (this assumes you intend to do at least another pass).

Or maybe just say directly: I did not read very carefully, but here's what I think: <...>


How about wording it ‘I have read the majority of your article’? This conveys that you have read most, but not all, of it.


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