Is the usage "but implicitly" in the following sentence correct?

B is also assumed but implicitly.

The context is as follows. We know that both "A" and "B" are assumed. But compared with "A", the assumption "B" is only implicit.

  • If it helps, 1. the "But" is is an adverb and is the equivalent of "However" 2. "But compared with "A"," is a shortened form of "But, when it is compared with "A","
    – Greybeard
    Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 9:21
  • Arguably, a comma or dash is preferable: B is also assumed, but implicitly. Perhaps a better way of showing the extended sentence is B is also assumed, but in this case implicitly. But as Greybeard says, A must have been assumed and this assumption spelled out. Commented Jul 13, 2020 at 10:35

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It is correct, but I doubt it is formal. You know, the online dictionaries love to explain adverbs in a format like this "in a [adjective] way". So, why not try to replace it in your sentence and it can be read as "B is also assumed but in an implicit way", which sounds totally fine.

  • Why is "in an implicit way" better than "implicitly"?
    – Rosie F
    Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 7:40
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    @RosieF Sorry, I should have made myself clearer. I'm not saying it is a better way to express, but they are interchangeable and the other way sounds totally fine, which makes the sentence in the question sounds totally fine as well.
    – jazelly
    Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 9:06

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