Exactly vs Plainly - What's the difference?

exactly | plainly |

As adverbs the difference between exactly and plainly

is that exactly is (manner) without approximation; precisely while plainly is in a plain manner; simply; basically.

As an interjection exactly

is (signifies agreement or recognition).




(en adverb)
  • (manner) without approximation; precisely.
  • Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.
    The edge is not exactly straight.
  • (focus) Used to provide emphasis.
  • It was exactly an Eastern gray squirrel.
    He divided the coins exactly in half.
    He did it that way exactly to prove the point.
    His complaint was exactly that she failed to meet the deadline by four days.


    * approximately


    (en interjection)
  • (Signifies agreement or recognition)
  • So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly !




  • In a plain manner; simply; basically.
  • Obviously; clearly.
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