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.)
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Date of publication: December 7, 2016