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    #1

    not exactly entertainers

    Marc Terenzi, Thomas Hässler and those low life chicks aren't exactly the most talented entertainers on planet earth or guys I'd necessarily like to meet in real life, nevertheless, it's fun to see them eat cockroaches on TV.

    Is this sentence OK or should "necessarily" be placed between "I" and "would"?
    Does "aren't exactly" in this case mean that I think they're totally untalented or at least talented to some extent?
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 25-Jan-2017 at 21:24.

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    #2

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    Please give us the source and author of that quote.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    I made this sentence up myself. Some parts are derived from texts written by native speakers on facebook.
    That's my standard practice. CNN is my source for learning more formal language, facebook for more colloquial stuff. Plus this forum, of course.
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 26-Jan-2017 at 01:10.

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    #4

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    Marc Terenzi, Thomas Hässler and those lowlife chicks aren't exactly the most talented entertainers on planet earth or guys I'd necessarily like to meet in real life; nevertheless, it's fun to see them eat cockroaches on TV.

    I'd use initial capitals for Planet Earth.

    ...should "necessarily" be placed between "I" and "would"?
    No.

    Does "aren't exactly" in this case mean that I think they're totally untalented or at least talented to some extent?
    They have some talent, but not a great deal.

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    #5

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    I find the gender references confusing. Marc and Thomas are male names, but then you refer to 'lowlife chicks', which is slang for women. Then later on in the same sentence you state that none of them are 'guys' you'd want to hang out with.

    Granted, using 'you guys' as a direct address for a group regardless of gender is becoming common, but here it reads as a literal reference to a group of men. "Those guys" or "you guys" could reference a mixed gender group, but dropping any kind of pronoun reference makes it literal.

    So, I find it a little confusing to follow the references. It is all one group or multiple groups you aren't interested in meeting?
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    #6

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I find the gender references confusing. Marc and Thomas are male names, but then you refer to 'lowlife chicks', which is slang for women.
    I took 'lowlife chicks' to refer to the women who were with Marc and Thomas.

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    #7

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    That's right.
    Last edited by teechar; 27-Jan-2017 at 05:53. Reason: removed inappropriate language

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    #8

    Re: not exactly entertainers

    We've got to the bottom of the gender issue and your two questions were answered by Piscean in post #4. Krisfromgermany, I think it's important that you know that the terminology and tone of your post created some discussion amongst the moderators. You do need to be aware that some language (and, by its usage, the apparent opinions of the writer) can be considered offensive by some people.
    I am closing this thread. In future posts, please think carefully about the tone and content of what you're posting.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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