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    Default My watch is not very accurate.

    a sentence: My watch is not very accurate.

    Doesn't ACCURATE mean able to give completely correct information or to do something in an exact way?

    If you say My watch is not very accurate., how can it not mean My watch is not very completely correct?

    And how can we say My watch is not very completely correct?

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    It's a very common phrase meaning 'My watch cannot be relied on to give the correct time'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    a sentence: My watch is not very accurate.

    Doesn't ACCURATE mean able to give completely correct information or to do something in an exact way?

    If you say My watch is not very accurate., how can it not mean My watch is not very completely correct?

    And how can we say My watch is not very completely correct?
    "Accurate" might mean "completely correct", but "very/fairly accurate" means "very/fairly correct", not "very/fairly completely correct."

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    Your thanks are appreciated, nelson, but you don't need to send them in a separate post.

    A simple click on the Like button is sufficient acknowledgement of our help.

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    Sorry, I'll make good use of the LIKE.

    In Chinese forums we are lavish with our thanks.

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    a sentence: My watch is not very accurate.

    Doesn't ACCURATE mean able to give completely correct information or to do something in an exact way?

    If you say My watch is not very accurate., how can it not mean My watch is not very completely correct?

    And how can we say My watch is not very completely correct?
    Where does your definition come from? A bus time-table may be accurate but it isn't able to give anything; it's a piece of paper. And where does your 'completeley' come from? You're right to object to 'very completely', but the 'completely' came from your definition.

    As Rover said, this is a very common phrase. Trying to apply spurious logic to its analysis is a waste of time.

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    Default Re: My watch is not very accurate.

    It is very clever of you to ask this question.

    I have taken all these things including the definition and the example sentence from

    accurate - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    By logical reasoning, in Modern Chinese and Ancient Chinese, we have never had such a thing as VERY ACCURATE.

    It is an absolute adjective in Chinese.

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