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    #1

    REALLY

    Which one is correct?

    I can't really explain this.

    I really can't explain this.

    Thank you!

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    Re: REALLY

    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Which one is correct?

    1. I can't really explain this.

    2. I really can't explain this.

    Thank you!
    They are both correct.
    1 means "I can't explain this very well." 'Really' modifies 'explain'.
    2 means "I definitely can't explain this." 'Really' modifies/intensifies 'can't'.
    3. "Really, I can't explain this." or "I can't explain this, really!"
    -- "Believe me. I can't explain this. Stop asking me to."

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    Re: REALLY

    Quote Originally Posted by clevermae View Post
    And in my opinion, REALLY has evolved to become a sentence expander and even just an expression. People use it with an increasing frequency. "I really think that people just really use it to not really mean anything. Really."
    Really?

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