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    #1

    It could have been worse,but not much.

    Hi,everyone. I have a question :

    Hey,you're back! How was your vacation to Central America?

    I guess it could have been worse, but not much.

    Really? Why's that?

    Well, for one thing, the hotel was undergoing renovations.They started hammering at seven every morning!

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    I can understand that "it could have been worse, but not much." means it was very bad for him.

    but Why?

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    #2

    Re: It could have been worse,but not much.

    It could have been worse because they could have been hitting him on the head with a hammer every morning. But even then, it would still not have been much worse than it actually was. It was almost as bad as possible.

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    #3

    Re: It could have been worse,but not much.

    Perhaps he/she meant to say:

    I guess it could have been worse, but not by much.

    It would convey the meaning better.


    --lotus

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    #4

    Re: It could have been worse,but not much.

    It could have been worse, but it could not have been much worse.

    There is nothing wrong with the original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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