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what do they mean by complete this oxymoron: almost
Oh my god – it's like jeopardy. The give you the answer and somebody comments the question!
if it’s “exactly” then it can’t be “almost exactly” by the mere definition of the word exactly.
“almost” means “nearly” – d’uh!
you guys are almost right. And this is not an oxymoron…
most almost oxymorons, usually aren’t. Like almost done, almost exactly means close to,
This is an oxymoron because the two words are contradictory and it’s unnecessary to use it. If something is ‘almost’ then there is no need to follow with ‘exactly’. For example, instead of “Almost exactly one year ago today…”, just use “Almost one year ago today…”. There’s no need to say “exactly” because it’s not exact, it’s almost. If it was exact you could say “Exactly one year ago today…”
‘Almost’ on it’s own means ‘close to’, so why add ‘exactly’ when it’s not exact?
Are they exactly right or are they almost right?
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