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    not brilliant

    Is this sentence correct:

    1-It was sort of not brilliant.


    I think it is, but in it, "not brilliant" seems to form a single unit. It is as if it is "not-brilliant".
    Could I be right?

    Gratefully,
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    Re: not brilliant

    -------NOT A TEACHER------

    I suppose you could say it in a casual setting but I wouldn't say or write something like that in a test, especially an English one.

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    Re: not brilliant

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is this sentence correct:

    1-It was sort of not brilliant.


    I think it is, but in it, "not brilliant" seems to form a single unit. It is as if it is "not-brilliant".
    Could I be right?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    You're right that "not brilliant" is being used as an adjective. It's definitely not standard English but I can imagine hearing it. If I were trying not to be too rude about something, I might describe it as "not brilliant" to show that perhaps it wasn't as good as I had expected, but it was still good. Note though that that is just my take on it, it doesn't have a standard definition.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: not brilliant

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note though that that is just my take on it, it doesn't have a standard definition.
    As a definition, it was, well like, OK, but, you know, sort of like, not brilliant....

    ... like.


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