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    Post Not Really

    Hi,

    Does 'not really' mean yes or no?

    Thanks

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    Re: Not Really

    Hello Unreg,

    "Not really" is a tentative or polite or undemonstrative "no" to a preceding question, e.g.

    1. "Do you like oysters?" "Not really."

    — i.e. "No, I don't like oysters; but I don't want to say so too forcefully."

    Or it may express the truth of a situation, as the speaker sees it, e.g.

    2. "Did Zéphirine seem interested in the job?" "Not really."

    — i.e. "Zéphirine attempted to give the impression that she was interested in the job; but I could see that she wasn't really interested."

    It may also express incredulity, as a question, e.g.

    3. "Zéphirine decided to take that job as a toilet cleaner." "Not really?"

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    Re: Not Really

    Can I answer "Do you like it?" with "Not really." to mean "No, I don't like it very much."?

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    Re: Not Really

    Hello Dihen,

    Yes, that would be fine!

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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