I've been saying 'not really' when I feel like saying 'not yes and not no'
What does 'not really' exactly mean?
Is it close to 'not exactly' or 'not at all'?
It doesn't mean anything "exactly." It means, more or less "No, but I think saying 'no' might be rude or hurt your feelings" or "Not very much, but not so much that it's definitely so."
Do you like asparagus?
Not really. (I don't hate it, but given my choice, I won't eat it.)
Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Sep-2012 at 08:27.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.