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
(manner) without approximation; precisely.
- Measure exactly so we can be sure it is right.
(focus) Used to provide emphasis.
- The edge is not exactly straight.
- 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.
(Signifies agreement or recognition)
- So you're saying that we have only three days left? / Yes, exactly !
In a plain manner; simply; basically.
, title=(The Celebrity
, passage=The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly
intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.}}