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    Please check my comprehention.
    1. The evidence is really not as strong as people think.
    ==>The evidence is not as strong as people think. The statement is true.


    2. The evidence is not really as strong as people think.
    ==>The evidence is as strong as people think. Part of this statement is true.


    Is that correct?

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    Yes, your understanding is fine by me.

    Can a teacher confirm?

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    I agree. For 2), you could say 'This statement is partly true.'

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    Thank you, Dear Tea-Doll and FRC


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    Default Re: negative "not"

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Please check my comprehention.
    1. The evidence is really not as strong as people think.
    ==>The evidence is not as strong as people think. The statement is true.


    2. The evidence is not really as strong as people think.
    ==>The evidence is as strong as people think. Part of this statement is true.


    Is that correct?
    I think one has to be very careful making too much of the position of "really" or "not". I don't find much difference in the two sentences. In both cases, the speaker is questioning the strength of the evidence.

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