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  1. zhengl_2000
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    Not really.

    The Americans use this phrase a lot.
    but I am not sure how to use it .

    For instance:
    A: Are you tired or something?
    B: Not really.

    Here "Not really" means "not at all" or " I am just a little tired."


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    It more or less means 'nothing out of the way'.
    You might be a bit tired but no more than usual.
    At least it's not a matter of concern or complaint.

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    Re: Not really.

    Quote Originally Posted by zhengl_2000
    The Americans use this phrase a lot.
    but I am not sure how to use it .

    For instance:
    A: Are you tired or something?
    B: Not really.

    Here "Not really" means "not at all" or " I am just a little tired."
    To me, not really means something like, Truthfully? No or Technically? Yes. But....

    A: Are you tired?
    B: Not really. (i.e. Truthfully? No. I'm not really tired. I'm just bored.)

    A: Do you love me?
    B: Not really. (i.e. Truthfully? No. I do not really love you.)

    A: Are you married?
    B: Not really. (i.e. Technically? Yes. But I'm not really married; I'm separated.)

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