He was using that word lightly.

EnglishBug

Senior Member
Chinese
My friend told me that he bought a nice used car. When I saw the car, I felt it was a piece of junk. I wanted to tease my friend that he was exaggerating when he said it was a nice car. Are the following sentences the right way to say it? Thank!
"I guess you are using the word 'nice' lightly when you said it was a nice car."
"I guess you are misusing the word 'nice' when you said it was a nice car."
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    "I guess you are using the word 'nice' lightly ironically/imaginatively when you said it was a nice car." This would work.
    "When you said it was a nice car, I guess you are misusing a bit vague about the meaning of the word 'nice' " This would work.

    Unfortunately, using something lightly is a very uncommon phrase.

    Saying something lightly is more common
    "We've lost all our money, the house has fallen down and I've broken my leg..."
    "Never mind!" She said lightly, "We have each other."
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I think you may be confusing the word "lightly" with the word "loosely". "You are using that word loosely" means that you are not strictly following the definition of the word.
     
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