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    #1

    exactly, precisely

    1 Why did you buy liquor? I told you to buy rum. That's not exactly/precisely the same.

    2 I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly/precisely the kind of shirt I've been searching for a long time.


    Are "precisely" and "exactly" interchangeable here?

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    #2

    Re: exactly, precisely

    In number 2, yes. I can't explain why but precisely doesn't work in sentence 1.

    I know these sentences are made up to illustrate a point but I can't help noting that if someone asks you to buy "liquor", with no further requirements, rum would fulfill your request. It's a kind of liquor.
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    Re: exactly, precisely

    I thought liquor is something more or less sweet like Baileys or Jägermeister and rum is just pure rum (made out of sugarcane)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    I thought liquor is something more or less sweet like Baileys or Jägermeister and rum is just pure rum (made out of sugarcane)?
    Sweetened, almost syrupy alcoholic beverages are liqueurs. Rum is a distilled spirit, also known as a liquor.

    We stress the first syllable of liquor and the second of liqueur.
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    Re: exactly, precisely

    You are confusing liquor with liqueur.

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    #6

    Re: exactly, precisely

    You're thinking of the similar word 'liquers'. Those are the sweet aperitifs and digestifs.

    They're all liquors, but liquers have extra sugar and flavorants added after the brewing process.

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    #7

    Re: exactly, precisely

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    1 Why did you buy liquor? I told you to buy rum. That's not exactly/precisely the same.

    2 I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly/precisely the kind of shirt I've been searching for a long time.


    Are "precisely" and "exactly" interchangeable here?
    Note that the phrasal verb is "searching for". So you need to say:

    That is exactly/precisely the kind of shirt I've been searching for for a long time.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 24-Jan-2017 at 04:38.

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    #8

    Re: exactly, precisely

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    You're thinking of the similar word 'liqueurs'. Those are the sweet aperitifs and digestifs.

    They're all liquors, but liqueurs have extra sugar and flavorants added after the brewing process.

    *cross posted with so many others
    Note the correct spelling of "liqueurs".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: exactly, precisely

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In number 2, yes. I can't explain why but precisely doesn't work in sentence 1.
    According to Ngrams, not exactly is much more common than not precisely.

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