Not exactly/ Not really

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lightheart

Senior Member
Sichuan,China-Chinese
Sample test:
— So you missed the meeting?
— ____, I got there five minutes before it finished.

A. Not exactly
B. Not really

given answer: A
my answer: both A and B would work

Question:
Is the given answer wrong, or that there are some specific reasons not to choose B?

Thanks if you would help : )
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    We aren't told how long the meeting lasted, but if you missed nearly all of it, "not really" would not be a very truthful answer.

    "Not exactly; I missed all of it apart from the last five minutes." I think A is the better answer.

    "Not really; I was about five minutes late, but I didn't miss anything important."
     
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