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definitely or positively ('sure' is sometimes used informally for 'surely')

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ANYTUS: I have certainly never heard any one say so.
Perhaps there is no city in which it is not easier to do men harm than to do them good, and this is certainly the case at Athens, as I believe that you know.
Certainly we shall have to look to ourselves, and try to find some one who will help in some way or other to improve us.
There are not many things which I profess to know, but this is most certainly one of them.
And if we take Amiel at his own word, we must suppose that but for causes, the chief of which were bad health and a not long life, he too would have produced monumental work, whose scope and character he would wish us to conjecture from his "Thoughts." Such indications there certainly are in them.
Watching in it, in the way we have suggested, the contention of those two men, those two minds in him, and observing how the one might have ascertained and corrected the shortcomings of the other, we certainly understand, and can sympathize with Amiel's despondency in the retrospect of a life which seemed to have been but imperfectly occupied.
She may justly feel, as part at least of the reward of a labour which must have occupied much time, so many of the freshest hours of mind and spirit, that she has done something to help her author in the achievement of his, however discouraged still irrepressible, desire, by giving additional currency to a book which the best sort of readers will recognize as an excellent and certainly very versatile companion, not to be forgotten.
"'They are certainly very lovely,' said Hans, 'and it is a most lucky thing for me that I have so many.
"'Certainly,' cried little Hans, and he ran into the shed and dragged the plank out.
"'It has certainly been a hard day,' said little Hans to himself as he was going to bed, 'but I am glad I did not refuse the Miller, for he is my best friend, and, besides, he is going to give me his wheelbarrow.'
Idleness is a great sin, and I certainly don't like any of my friends to be idle or sluggish.
"'It is certainly a great privilege to hear you talk,' answered little Hans, sitting down, and wiping his forehead, 'a very great privilege.
Besides, I want to go very much and certainly will go, so don't hinder me," said he.
But I don't believe her figure is as good as mine, and her nose certainly isn't."
He told Mr Jones, "It would certainly be his turn next; and earnestly entreated him to return back, and find out the old woman, and pacify her.