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    understatement

    I get what understatement means, but i'm a little confused.

    "To say John wasn't amused must be the understatement of the year."

    --> does this mean John was VERY Bored? or very amused?

    "That is an understatement if i ever heard one"

    --> what role does "if i ever heard one" play here? does it mean that what the other person said is strongly an understatement?

    "He informed us with massive understatement that he was feeling disappointed."

    --> From this sentence, I imagine it to be the same as the following description.
    So a guy is really really distressed, and disappointed. but he says "i'm feeling disappointed," rather cooly.
    is this when you would say the above sentence?

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    Re: understatement

    Quote Originally Posted by kpkroy View Post
    I get what understatement means, but i'm a little confused.

    "To say John wasn't amused must be the understatement of the year."

    --> does this mean John was VERY Bored? or very amused?

    "That is an understatement if i ever heard one"

    --> what role does "if i ever heard one" play here? does it mean that what the other person said is strongly an understatement?

    "He informed us with massive understatement that he was feeling disappointed."

    --> From this sentence, I imagine it to be the same as the following description.
    So a guy is really really distressed, and disappointed. but he says "i'm feeling disappointed," rather cooly.
    is this when you would say the above sentence?
    Not a teacher only a native speaker.

    You have it pretty much spot on.

    "To say John wasn't amused must be the understatement of the year."
    John was VERY bored/unhappy.

    "That is an understatement if I ever heard one"
    You got the meaning correct - for example if someone had scored 100% on a test and said, 'I did OK', then 'that would be an understatement if I ever heard one'.

    "He informed us with massive understatement that he was feeling disappointed."
    Again you have this correct. In addition to your example, if someone had just failed an important test and then said 'I'm disappointed' when in actual fact they were heartbroken.

    Hope this helps, let me know if you need anything clearing up.


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    Re: understatement

    thank you :)

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