I really don't like it VS I don't really like it

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Sharewhatyouknow

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mandarin
Hello there,

Is there any difference between "I really don't like it" and "I don't really like it" for you?

I can feel there is a difference. "I really don't like it" = "I don't like it at all", while "I don't really like it" = "It might seem that I like it, but in fact I don't like it". Is that true?

I wondered if "I really don't know" and "I don't really know" have the same difference.

Thank you.
 
  • ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    Hello Sharewhat. You're certainly heading in the right direction, yes. The I really don't versions sound much more emphatic/definite than the I don't really ones.

    I really don't know = I cannot deny that I have no idea.
    I don't really know = I might know, not sure, I thought I knew but ...
     

    BatMaster

    Member
    English - American (West)
    The two possible options would also be stressed differently when spoken.

    With "I really don't like it", the word 'really' would almost always receive the strongest emphasis in the sentence (although other words could also receive an equal stress along with 'really'). With "I don't really like it", the word 'really' would almost never receive a strong emphasis.
     

    hedgy

    Senior Member
    Catalan
    And what about this?
    I really don't like it
    I don't like it really

    I guess the first emphasizes that she doesn't like it at all, and the second is softer. Do you agree?

    Cheers
     

    Nicolò salemi

    Member
    Italian
    Hello there,

    Is there any difference between "I really don't like it" and "I don't really like it" for you?

    I can feel there is a difference. "I really don't like it" = "I don't like it at all", while "I don't really like it" = "It might seem that I like it, but in fact I don't like it". Is that true?

    I wondered if "I really don't know" and "I don't really know" have the same difference.

    Thank you.
    I think "I don't really like it" is ...how can I say...softer.Like, the person is not really sure whether he likes it or not. whereas "I really don't like it" is stronger and the person is sure he doesn't like it.
     
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