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    to be inexact

    What is the following in red saying in the context?

    But Junior is not your typical driver. Specifically, he's not human. Rather, Junior is an artificial intelligence, an AI, embodied in a 2006 Volkswagen Diesel Passat wagon, to be inexact. To be exact, well, that's a little trickier.

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    Re: to be inexact

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    See #2 exact - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online. "To be inexact" is the opposite of "to be exact".

    I hope this answers your question.

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    Re: to be inexact

    Thank you for the answer.

    I know the lietral meanings of "inexact" and "exact." What I'm asking is "what is inexact?" and "what is exact?"
    Does "to be inexact" mean there "Junior is not a perfect AI"? And is "to be exact" saying "making an exact and perfect AI is a little more difficult?"

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    Re: to be inexact

    "Rather, Junior... to be inexact" is the "vague", less precise explanation of who or what junior is. It is however much more difficult (trickier) to state the more precise explanation.

    That is how I interpret it.
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    Re: to be inexact

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    "Rather, Junior... to be inexact" is the "vague", less precise explanation of who or what junior is. It is however much more difficult (trickier) to state the more precise explanation.

    That is how I interpret it.
    That's how I interpret it too.

    As far as I know, "to be inexact" is not a common phrase. "To be exact" is. The author is playing on words -- they use "to be inexact" for a humorous effect.

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    Re: to be inexact

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    That's how I interpret it too.

    As far as I know, "to be inexact" is not a common phrase. "To be exact" is. The author is playing on words -- they use "to be inexact" for a humorous effect.
    Agreed, though it didn't amuse me. The the problem with unfunny jokes is that many readers will not realise the intention behind them.

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