In a situation when I talk with someone about setting up a schedule, can we use "totally" with a phrase like the title? I know that the meaning of totally itself is basically used for emphasizing the expression. And I also know that completely sounds more polite and also a little old. But what I just want to know is whether native speakers use "totally" in this kind of situation or not.
Does it sound normal? Or do you have some other better suggestions?

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    Yes, lots of native speakers us it this way. The question is whether you want to choose those speakers to emulate or not.
    – Jim
    Nov 23, 2019 at 20:33
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    – Hot Licks
    Nov 23, 2019 at 22:22
  • Hello Noriakienglish! By the way, In the UK we say 'talk to', not 'talk with'. Nov 24, 2019 at 3:13
  • @OldBrixtonian Really? Here in the rebellious colonies, talk to and talk with are broadly interchangeable, but: “Did Bob talk with you?” “Well, he talked to me,” implying he was not interested in listening. Nov 26, 2019 at 1:07
  • @Anton Sherwood It doesn't imply that here. Nov 26, 2019 at 10:44

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It totally works for me. I'm totally into it. Or I'm way into it. These are fine for conversation. But for formal writing, I'd use "quite". "I'm quite used to it. "It quite works for me." "Indeed" is nice to use formally. "It works indeed for me." Or "It indeed works for me." Or, more naturally, "It works well for me." (You know better than to say, "It works good for me,") If you want to convey degree, then "completely works," as suggested, is good.

  • Thank you! Those phrases helped me a lot! Some of them were new for me. I'm going to use "It quite works for me" which sounds more polite. With it, I can be a more gentleman than now:) Dec 25, 2019 at 18:23
  • @Noriakienglish — Totally wrong decision. (Like the last sentence.) It either works or it doesn’t, so “quite works” is contradictory and sounds wrong. If you wish to add emphasis you can use “certainly works”. This asserts the truth of the statement, not the extent of the condition. But you should be on ELL, not here.
    – David
    Dec 27, 2019 at 16:17

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