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justmat

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hindi
Consider the following conversation :
A: How was today's match ?
B: It was okay.
A: How many more do you have ?
B: 2 more.
A: I'm sure you'll do well in those.Now since you've said it was okay i believe today's wasn't bad either.

Is the usage of "wasn't bad either" appropriate here ?
In A's final reply he says B will do "well" in the coming games but he also says he believe today's game wasn't bad either.Now since "either" is used here for comparing, is the usage of "wasn't bad either" appropriate here because doing well of course equates to doing really good which is not "not bad". Also, B's reply was that today's match was okay, and not that, it went really well.

Also, how likely is A to make the last reply ?
 
  • PaulQ

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    " today's wasn't bad either." is an example of litotes: the negation of a negative attribute to express the positive attribute. You have used it correctly. "...today's wasn't bad" = ... today's was good."
     

    justmat

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    hindi
    " today's wasn't bad either." is an example of litotes: the negation of a negative attribute to express the positive attribute. You have used it correctly. "...today's wasn't bad" = ... today's was good."
    Thanks :) But B has only said "it was okay". So wouldn't it be weird for A to say he believe it was good ? As a part of the conversation how proper is the reply ?
     
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