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We’re all just mere mortals

Mere and Merely are not extremely common but when these words come up, people haveĀ a hard time understanding what they mean. In general, you can replace them with “only”.

They can be put to good use in academic writing!


Something small or insignificant; Nothing more than what is mentioned (only)
The mere idea made me shudder.
It was a mere formality.
With the merest suggestion of corruption, the entire project will be shut down.


nothing more or less (only)
He’s merely a secretary.
I was merely suggesting that…
This merely aggravates the problem.
This procedure is merely a matter of form.
It was merely a coincidence; there was no causal relationship.
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