'really' as an answer, does it sound like being in doubt?

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hydsky

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korean
In a text,

someone says, 'I choose this over that'
and I ask 'really? why do you like it more?'
without doubting done, does it still sound I am in doubt?


I was pointed out that I say really too much as if I don't believe what my friend says at all.

But I didn't mean it.. so I want to know the nuance of its use.
 
  • perpend

    Banned
    American English
    Yes, in the context, your "really" comes across as doubting. It can be annoying at times.

    I'd be curious for you to elaborate more on your context.
     

    hydsky

    Senior Member
    korean
    Well, I just asked what I should choose to buy between two bags and I asked my friend which one she would prefer~~ So, really could simply be seen as my mere surprise, right? It's so hard to understand the subtle nuance in English...
     

    perpend

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    American English
    By "bags", I assume you mean "purses" (both are normal/fine).

    Yes, by you saying "really", it can and most often conveys doubt.
     
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