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    Pretty good

    I have just started a new career as a journalist. I have a mentor who has reviewed my first piece of writing and her feedback is that it is pretty good. I thought pretty good would be better than good but it does not seem to be? Does it depend on the context?.

    Could you please expand? Cheers

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    Re: Pretty good

    Quote Originally Posted by riviera View Post
    I have just started a new career as a journalist. I have a mentor who has reviewed my first piece of writing and her feedback is that it is pretty good. I thought pretty good would be better than good but it does not seem to be? Does it depend on the context?.

    Could you please expand? Cheers
    "Pretty good" could have a range of meanings from "OK" through to "good". You should ask her to clarify what she means.

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    Re: Pretty good

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck in your chosen field.

    (a) Journalists can do a lot of good -- or a lot of harm. I am sure that you will do a lot of good!

    (2) Here in the United States, I believe that "pretty good" means something like "not bad."

    (a) Perhaps your mentor did not want to nitpick (find every little mistake), so "pretty good" could mean:

    "As a beginner, you made some mistakes, but -- in general -- you did an acceptable job."

    (3) I do believe, however, that if a wife asks about the quality of her cooking, a husband had better not reply,

    "It's pretty good."

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    Re: Pretty good

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck in your chosen field.

    (a) Journalists can do a lot of good -- or a lot of harm. I am sure that you will do a lot of good!

    (2) Here in the United States, I believe that "pretty good" means something like "not bad."

    (a) Perhaps your mentor did not want to nitpick (find every little mistake), so "pretty good" could mean:

    "As a beginner, you made some mistakes, but -- in general -- you did an acceptable job."

    (3) I do believe, however, that if a wife asks about the quality of her cooking, a husband had better not reply,

    "It's pretty good."
    Thank you! I am planning to do as much good as I can. I am training to be an investigative journalist :)

    yeah, she had some comments obviously. But I think she means that in general is OK for a first job!

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    Re: Pretty good

    [AmE not a teacher]

    I often use "pretty good" to mean "it's surprisingly very good".

    friend: So, was the movie boring, like you thought it would be?
    me: No actually, it's pretty good!

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