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    Probably/definitely

    Hello everyone,
    Is there any difference in meaning in the sentences below :
    ''We're definitely not going to go into town today.''
    ''We aren't definitely going to go into town today.''
    If so, is it the same in case of ''probably''? If not, which one of the sentences is correct?
    I know that the most appropriate in this context is Present Continuous but I've just seen such examples in an exercise.

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    Re: Probably/definitely

    Quote Originally Posted by indifferent View Post
    ''We're definitely not going to go into town today.
    ''We aren't definitely going to go into town today.''
    It is 100% certain that they are not going to town in the first sentence.
    They have not yet made a final decision about going into town in the second.

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    Re: Probably/definitely

    Thanks a lot :) And what about ''probably''? Does it always go before ''not'': ''We're probably not going to go into town today''?

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    Re: Probably/definitely

    Quote Originally Posted by indifferent View Post
    Thanks a lot :) And what about ''probably''? Does it always go before ''not'': ''We're probably not going to go into town today''?
    That sentence is correct. But please be aware that 'probably' and 'definitely' have completely different meanings. Definitely = certain, Probably = maybe.

    (not a teacher)

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    Re: Probably/definitely

    I know the difference :) But can ''probably'' go after ''not'', like ''definitely''?

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    #6

    Re: Probably/definitely

    No, that doesn't work.

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    #7

    Re: Probably/definitely

    Quote Originally Posted by indifferent View Post
    I know the difference. :)
    Please stop using home-made emoticons to replace standard punctuation marks.

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