book

 

 

Learn English  
 

Blue Level

 
 

Red Level

 
 

Yellow Level

 
 

Green Level

 
 

Purple Level

 
 

Orange Level

 
 

Violet Level

 
 

Video Lessons

 
 

Links

 
 

American Speech

 
 

Chat

 
 

How to Learn

 
 

Vocabulary

 
 

U.S. Citizenship

 
 

Reading

 

 

 

 


 

exact  

 

If something is exact, it's an accurate amount or it's correct. The word "exact" is an adjective.

  • That painting is an exact replica of the original.
  • The exact number of days in December is 31.
  • What were the exact words used by the man who insulted you?
  • You don't need an exact amount of money for the vending machine. It will give you change.
  • This is the exact location where the film was made.
  • That's the exact answer I was looking for.
  • What's the exact meaning of the word "reliable"?

The word "exactly" is a popular adverb which is used for amounts, but it's also used as a kind of intensifier similar to words like "certainly" and "really."

  • This is exactly what I wanted.
  • Those two pieces of wood are exactly even.
  • The two soccer teams are exactly matched.
  • We're thinking exactly the same thing.
  • Bob is exactly six feet tall.
  • It's exactly 22 degrees fahrenheit right now.
  • Exactly. I agree.

It's common to use the word "exactly" with the negative, "not."

  • She's not exactly correct.
  • I'm not exactly sure where I left my keys.
  • This isn't exactly what I wanted to do today.
  • Vanessa said she's not exactly sure what she wants to do after she finishes college.
  • Bart is not exactly thrilled with his job. (This could be an example of an understatement. To say "not exactly thrilled" could mean Bart really hates his job.)

Click here to learn more vocabulary.

 

Date of publication: December 7, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.