My question is: is 'really' in 'don't really' intensifying 'don't' or weakening it?
Most young people don't really have the amount of money to put down on a home. And that's one of the reasons that most of them are renting homes
Is 'really' in this case serving to stress most young people's inability to pay or implying that they could have a handsome amount of money but still find it somewhat difficult to put down a home? Or it has some other functions here?
Thanks, far-mesh. But do you reckon it's correct for me to equate 'don't really have..' with 'really don't have'? It's just that from the intonation of the speaker of this sentence (which I heard on radio) it seems he's not particularly stressing the word 'don't' but the word 'really', which makes me wonder why.