Which one means the better than the other? [not bad VS. not half bad] A is not bad. B is not half bad. Then, is A better than B?
Oct 21, 2019 7:27 PM
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'B' is better than 'A'. In very informal (and rather outdated) British English, 'not half' is an intensifier. So whereas 'not bad' just means OK ( so-so), 'not half bad' would mean 'really good'. Here's what the Cambridge Dictionary has to say about 'not half': (UK informal) used in spoken English to express a positive statement more strongly: It wasn't half crowded in the club last night (= it was very crowded). She didn't half shout at him (= she shouted a lot at him). "You enjoyed yourself last night, didn't you?" "Not half !" (= Very much!) Should you use this expression? No. Definitely not.
October 21, 2019
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