What word does this adverb describe?

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What word does this adverb describe?

Unread postby Quark » 10 Dec 2011, 15:12

In this sentence, what does the word "mostly" describe?

I wake up with an aching down my right arm and a severe tingling and burning in my right hand, mostly in the middle finger.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: What word does this adverb describe?

Unread postby Azariah » 13 Dec 2011, 09:41

I'd say that it means "most of the pain (maybe 90% of the pain) is in the middle finger."
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Re: What word does this adverb describe?

Unread postby Julie » 28 Jan 2012, 12:04

Mostly modifies aching. You could substitute, primarily or for the most part.
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Re: What word does this adverb describe?

Unread postby xiphiasatsi » 29 Apr 2013, 13:06

This 'mostly' means that compared to other fingers,your middle finger hurts more.
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