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    #11

    Re: not really or really not?

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    How about "He doesn't look happy, when in fact he is really/really is"?

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    Mona: Tom doesn't look very rich. He always wears shabby clothing. He drives a 1994 car. And he lives in a run-down apartment house.

    Raul (chuckling). Don't let that fool you. He is terrified that if other people know that he has millions, they will try to take his money away. Believe you me, he is rich. He really is.

    * Depending on how you pronounce "really" in speech, in that context, "really" could be emphasizing (modifying) "is" or referring to the truthfulness of the whole statement "He is [rich]."

    Raul: Believe you me, he is, really.

    * With the comma or the pause in speech, "really" is referring to the truthfulness of the statement "He is [rich]."
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    Re: not really or really not?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Depending on how you pronounce "really" in speech, in that context, "really" could be emphasizing (modifying) "is" or referring to the truthfulness of the whole statement "He is [rich]."
    Nicely expressed. That's exactly what I've been trying to figure out how to say. Thanks.

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    #13

    Re: not really or really not?

    Is the following natural and correct?

    He said he will fly to Japan, when he will not really.
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    #14

    Re: not really or really not?

    It's correct but it's not natural. I might say "He said he's going to Japan, when he's (actually) not".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #15

    Re: not really or really not?

    This is more natural in American English: He said he was going to fly to Japan, but he isn't really.
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    #16

    Re: not really or really not?

    I am wondering whether "really" can end a clause where it is preceded by "will not."

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    #17

    Re: not really or really not?

    It can. Whether it should or not depends on context. Part of the reason some of these examples sound unnatural to native speakers is that we don't use "will not" when we can use "won't". We're more used to hearing the latter.

    He says he'll come to the party. He won't.
    He says he'll come to the party. He won't really.
    He says he'll come to the party. He won't really, but it's nice of him to pretend he's interested.

    We use contractions a lot more than textbooks and teachers indicate. I've marked all the contractions in this post in red so you can see how prevalent they are.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #18

    Re: not really or really not?

    How about the following?

    He says he'll be available next week. He won't be really.
    He says he'll be available next week. He won't really be.
    He says he'll be available next week. He really won't be.

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    #19

    Re: not really or really not?

    For a start, I'd remove "be" from the second sentence in each example. I would use "He won't really".
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    Re: not really or really not?

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    For a start, I'd remove "be" from the second sentence in each example. I would use "He won't really".
    He won't really: It's not actually true.
    He really won't: I'm completely sure he won't.
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