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Table 1 Raw frequency of result adverbials from the COHA (1810–1960)

From: The factualization of ‘I suppose’ in American English: a corpus based study of the subjectification of epistemic predicates toward factuality

  1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1990 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960
really     1 3 2 3 6 8 1 12 14 15 12 18 13
hardly   1 2 1 4 2 7 3 3 3 3   1    
actually      1   1    1 2 3 4 3 4 4
certainly      1 1 2 4   1 1      1
indeed       2 3 1 2      1   
sure       1       1   1 1  
exactly      1 1   1   2 1 2 2   1 2