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|English to English translations [Non-PRO]|
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|English term or phrase: vary significantly|
|Because of the province-based quota system, the cutoff scores for students from different provinces vary significantly.|
Is there a better expression for "vary significantly"? Thanks.
"Significantly" can be taken more or less technically. As David and airmailrpl have said, there are other adjectives that can be used to emphasise the size of differences; but it also has a very precise statistical meaning: "by more than X%" (the precise figure has no bearing here). Without knowing the context, it is therefore at least possible that no other word can be substituted for "significantly".
This being the case, I see no reason to take the risk of replacing this at worst perfectly understandable adjective.
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vary significantly => vary appreciably..markedly..greatly..substantially
in a sufficiently great or important way as to be worthy of attention.
"energy bills have increased significantly this year"
synonyms: notably, remarkably, outstandingly, importantly, crucially, materially, appreciably;
markedly, considerably, obviously, conspicuously, strikingly, signally
meaningfully, expressively, eloquently, revealingly, suggestively, knowingly
"he paused significantly"
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