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    What's going on?

    The British National Corpus revealed that the expression "not exactly" is used ironically by native speakers 60% of the time while the Longman Learner's Corpus revealed it is used ironically by ESL students only 20% of the time.


    What's going on?

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    Re: What's going on?

    Quote Originally Posted by milky
    The British National Corpus revealed that the expression "not exactly" is used ironically by native speakers 60% of the time while the Longman Learner's Corpus revealed it is used ironically by ESL students only 20% of the time.


    What's going on?
    native speakers use 'not exactly' 60% of the time
    non-native speakers use 'not exactly' 20% of the time

    Conclusion: non-native speakers are starting to use 'not exactly' in certain context, but not in all possible contexts. :wink:

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