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  • The adverb currently is almost always unnecessary. It usually just restates information already conveyed through verb tenses and can be dropped with no loss of meaning. Consider these examples:

    A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man is currently in stable condition after leaping off a Manhattan-bound Staten Island Ferry yesterday evening. [Gothamist]

    The Denver Zoo is currently training three of its gorillas to be the newest members of the Great Ape Heart Project. [Denver Post]

    Sarah Palin, theoretically the Tea Party powerhouse, currently ranks ninth. [Daily Caller]

    The Rockets currently have an overall record of 19-6 and 11-1 in the MAC. [Ball State Daily News]

    Applications are currently being accepted for the annual Max Nuscher Award. [The Mercury]

    In each case, the removal of currently would have no effect on the sentence’s meaning.

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    But currently can be useful when contrasting current conditions with past or future conditions—for example:

    St. Peter’s currently has 105 students, and enrollment was expected to drop to fewer than 95 students in September. [NY Times]

    But such instances are relatively rare.

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