1. Interestingly, only 38% of couples bother to get married these days.

  2. Interestingly enough, only 38% of couples bother to get married these days.

What is the difference between the meanings of 1 and 2? Does "enough" add more emphasis to the sentence? We can mention other examples: ironically vs. ironically enough; etc.

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    Note that the adverbs do not comment on the manner, time, place, means, or any other normal feature of the following clause -- all of them comment on the fact that the truth of the proposition expressed in such a clause is interesting, ironic, surprising, etc. -- i.e, they're always meta-comment. In such a situation, enough following the adverb simply means enough to comment on -- it's an excuse for emphasizing the following clause with the adverbial remark. – John Lawler Feb 2 at 17:23
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    That's a good question because, I think, it all depends (on context, intonation, word choice, position, etc.). Sometimes enough emphasizes (this is quite interesting); sometimes it moderates (this is fairly interesting); and sometimes it adds the element of surprise (Only 38%? That is interesting and somewhat surprising.). I wonder what else enough can do. It will be interesting to see what others think about enough. – KannE Feb 2 at 17:43

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