Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    phalkun Guest

    Default "not bad" and "not too bad"

    Can anyone give a relation between these two?

    Cheers.

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,618
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    They're similar- the seocnd is, IMO, a bit weaker.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,970
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: "not bad" and "not too bad"

    Quote Originally Posted by phalkun
    Can anyone give a relation between these two?

    Cheers.
    In addition,

    It's not bad. (It's neither good nor bad; it's in the middle.)

    Example
    Sam: How are you?
    Pat: Not bad. :D

    bad-----------------------not bad------------------------good

    It's not so bad. (It's closer to good than it is to bad)

    Example
    Pat: How are you, Sam?
    Sam: Not so bad. :D

    bad----------------------------------not so bad----------good

    All the best, :D

  4. #4
    Steven D's Avatar
    Steven D is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    834
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: "not bad" and "not too bad"

    Quote Originally Posted by phalkun
    Can anyone give a relation between these two?

    Cheers.

    not bad - If you say this, then you're good.

    not too bad - If you say this, then you're still good. The implication is that you are good, but could be better. So, you could say you're just little bit bad, but not so much that you can say that you are bad.

    not bad - You're good.

    not too bad - What would have to change in order to just say "not bad" or "good". By saying "not too bad", we could think that not a lot has to be changed.

    example:

    How's it going?

    Not too bad.

    The speaker that says "not too bad" wants to inform the listener that things are good, but there is room for improvement. Things are bad, but still good as well - not too bad.

  5. #5
    phalkun Guest

    Default Re: "not bad" and "not too bad"

    Thank you all.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    68
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    They're similar- the seocnd is, IMO, a bit weaker.
    Excuse my ignorance, what does IMO stand for?

    I suggest that there should be a section for frequently used abbreviations.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,970
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Abusaad
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    They're similar- the seocnd is, IMO, a bit weaker.
    Excuse my ignorance, what does IMO stand for?

    I suggest that there should be a section for frequently used abbreviations.
    IMO means, In my opinion. :wink:

    Actually, spelling out the words is more preferred at UsingEnglish.com. 8) Using net-speak (i.e., IMO) is the least preferred.

    All the best, :D

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,369
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    This one is very common, though. I don't think it's a bad thing to learn some frequently used abbreviations, provided it doesn't degenerate into @Wf00l t3xTsPe4|<.

    FRC

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •