I came across this sentence in something I am editing:
... his opportunities in the manufacturing industry are particularly lower than expected.
Am I wrong to object to the use of “particularly” in this sentence? I think it sounds odd, a little stilted, and I would like to recommend that the writer use “much” instead:
... his opportunities in the manufacturing industry are much lower than expected.
That sounds more natural to me. But does the sentence lose something by switching from “particularly” to “much”?