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  1. Newbie
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    Question not exactly vs. not really?

    Did you enjoy the film you saw last night?
    ______. I just did it for a change, as I was tired from working all day.
    A. Not likely B. Not really C. Not necessarily D. Not exactly

    Both B and D seem OK and I prefer D but I don't know if it is right.

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    Re: not exactly vs. not really?

    D is not impossible, but unlikely. If it were used, there would normally be some addition, such as, "Not exactly, though I can't really say that I didn't enjoy it. It had some good moments". Even here, B is a more natural response, in my opinion.


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