Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 12:52:00 EST From: Electronic Products Magazine <0004276021[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MCIMAIL.COM> Subject: "Most importantly" Can someone explain the use of "most importantly." In the New York Times this morning, March 9, 1995, the lede story, "House passes bill that would limit suits of investors," contains the following sentence: "Most importantly, the bill raises the threshold needed to prove fraud." I read and hear the adverb used incessantly. The adjective, "most important," is correct because the adverb would modify the verb, "raises." However, that would change the emphasis of the sentence. A friend offers the following explanation. In both the adjectival and adverbial cases, the modifier is implied in the sentence. For "most important," the implied noun is "fact," as in "The most important fact is that the bill raises . . ." For "most importantly," the implied verb is "does," as in "The bill does most importantly raise . . ." I suppose the same argument would apply to "firstly," "secondly," "thirdly" for "first," "second," "third." Any thoughts? Leonard Schiefer Chief Copy Editor Electronic Products Magazine lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]