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"Funnily enough, I do believe in democracy". [my sentence] "Funnily enough, he did say he believed in democracy". [my sentence] funnily enough is an idiomatic expression that means that what you say after it is unexpected. It can be placed at the beginning or at the end of a sentence, and not usually in the middle. It is more spoken than written. It is ...


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No. The adjective is correct. "the amount of time that young people spend inactive." means "the amount of time that young people spend as a result of being inactive." This use of adjectives has two categories: Resultative: https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/resultative-adjective.html I shot him dead = I shot him [and, as a result, he was] dead. He ...


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No, "inactively" doesn't work here. This is what the relative clause says: Young people spend X amount of time inactive. Which could be read along these lines: Young people are inactive for X hours a day on average. The adjective "inactive" says something about the subject "young people".


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Ago works well here. It retains some of the nuance of time and can only really be replaced by "earlier" - which would refer to earlier in my journey which is neutral as to whether it means "at an earlier point", or "at an earlier time."


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