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    Default Usage of the phrase "Not really"

    Hi all, I am new to this forum so please correct me if I ask this in a wrong place....

    I was wondering the usage of "Not really", does that mean "I do not agree with you" or "I am not sure", or simply situational?

    For example in the context here:

    A: "Tomorrow it's going to rain."
    B: "Not really."

    Does it mean he think it is not going to rain, or he is not just sure?

    A: "I guess she must be going to his wedding today."
    B: "Not really."

    In this situation, does B think the girl is NOT going to the wedding?


    Thanks everyone.
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    Default Re: Usage of the phrase "Not really"

    Welcome to the forum, rdschan.
    Quote Originally Posted by rdcschan View Post
    A: "Tomorrow it's going to rain."
    B: "Not really."


    A: "I guess she must be going to his wedding today."
    B: "Not really."
    'Not really' is not a natural respons in either of those dialogues.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Usage of the phrase "Not really"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Welcome to the forum, rdschan. 'Not really' is not a natural respons in either of those dialogues.
    How about to the question "Do you want some coffee?" , "Not really" means yes or no?

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    Default Re: Usage of the phrase "Not really"

    Quote Originally Posted by rdcschan View Post
    How about to the question "Do you want some coffee?" , "Not really" means yes or no?
    No
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No
    Thanks for the answer! It helps to clear things up a bit .... also let me correct my grammar in my orginal post

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