negation with modality ‘not necessarily’

Here are examples of using stance adverbs with negative modality:

It will not necessarily be progress for India if she simply imports the unhappiness of the West.

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Nownot actually a great time to talk.

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Here are two formally overlapping C1 grammar points in the English Grammar Profile:

Point 200 in MODALITY/adverbs is defined as:

NOT NECESSARILY to express a possible exception to a general perception, i.e. not in every case.

Point 23 in NEGATION is defined as:

HEDGING, ‘not’ + stance adverb, often in a mid position, to soften the directness of a statement.

The examples in the EGP include:

necessarily|really|actually


Our example:

They recently sequenced Pinot Noir, and it also has about 30,000 genes,

so the number of genes you have may not necessarily represent the complexity

or the evolutionary order of any particular species.

 

 


 

A search in iWeb for:

_XX NECESSARILY * * *

1 NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING 3633
2 N’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE 1948
3 NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS 1312
4 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THE 1298
5 NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE 1256
6 N’T NECESSARILY A BAD THING 1250
7 NOT NECESSARILY THE CASE . 1141
8 NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER 1080
9 NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME AS 971
10 N’T NECESSARILY NEED TO BE 810
11 NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF 764
12 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU 685
13 NOT NECESSARILY NEED TO BE 680
14 NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING 666
15 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU 635
16 NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEWS 609
17 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THE 546
18 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN IT ‘S 485
19 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT IT 452
20 NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF THE 427
21 NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE OPINIONS 405
22 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THEY 397
23 NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO BE 393
24 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT IT 364
25 NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF 330
26 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THEY 306
27 NOT NECESSARILY BE THE SAME 290
28 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU HAVE 287
29 NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME THING 286
30 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT A 285
31 NOT NECESSARILY A SIGN OF 278
32 NOT NECESSARILY IN THE SAME 274
33 NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED TO , 264
34 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU ‘RE 260
35 N’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO HAVE 254
36 NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST WAY 247
37 N’T NECESSARILY THE CASE . 234
38 NOT NECESSARILY AN INDICATION OF 230
39 NOT NECESSARILY BE THE BEST 228
40 NOT NECESSARILY TRUE . 227
41 NOT NECESSARILY BE THE CASE 225
42 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN IT IS 223
43 NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF THE 221
44 NOT NECESSARILY BE ABLE TO 220
45 N’T NECESSARILY A GOOD THING 211
46 NOT NECESSARILY THE CASE THAT 205
47 NOT NECESSARILY THE CASE , 204
48 NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF ANY 203
49 NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO THE 200
50 N’T NECESSARILY WANT TO BE 198
51 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THERE 191
52 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU HAVE 184
53 NOT NECESSARILY HAVE THE SAME 181
54 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOUR 178
55 NOT NECESSARILY RESULT IN A 174
56 NOT NECESSARILY AT THE SAME 172
57 NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE OF THE 172
58 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU ARE 170
59 NOT NECESSARILY BE LIMITED TO 169
60 NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE 169
61 NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 169
62 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ‘RE 168
63 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU ‘LL 168
64 N’T NECESSARILY NEED TO HAVE 168
65 NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD IDEA 167
66 NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF 167
67 N’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO GO 164
68 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ARE 164
69 NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME . 164
70 NOT NECESSARILY FOR THE BETTER 163
71 N’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO DO 159
72 N’T NECESSARILY GOING TO BE 153
73 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ARE 153
74 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU WILL 148
75 NOT NECESSARILY . IF YOU 146
76 NOT NECESSARILY IMPLY THAT THE 146
77 NOT NECESSARILY BAD , BUT 145
78 NOT NECESSARILY IN A GOOD 145
79 NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST . 141
80 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN IT WILL 140
81 NOT NECESSARILY AN INDICATOR OF 140
82 NOT NECESSARILY A PROBLEM , 137
83 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT AN 137
84 NOT NECESSARILY . THERE ARE 136
85 N’T NECESSARILY MEAN IT IS 134
86 NOT NECESSARILY BETTER THAN THE 134
87 NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED TO : 132
88 N’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THE 130
89 N’T NECESSARILY BE ABLE TO 129
90 NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE OPINION 129
91 NOT NECESSARILY LEAD TO A 126
92 NOT NECESSARILY A PROBLEM . 125
93 N’T NECESSARILY HAVE THE SAME 123
94 N’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO USE 123
95 NOT NECESSARILY IN TERMS OF 123
96 NOT NECESSARILY THE MOST IMPORTANT 123
97 NOT NECESSARILY THE END OF 122
98 NOT NECESSARILY BE A BAD 121
99 NOT NECESSARILY NEED TO HAVE 121
100 NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT WE 119

B2 vocabulary in the above:

agree with, necessarily, reflect, related, represent, representative

_XX actually|really * * *

1 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO 2340

I don’t really know what to say.

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2 N’T REALLY KNOW HOW TO 2079
3 NOT REALLY A FAN OF 1290
4 N’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE 965
5 N’T REALLY WANT TO BE 962
6 NOT REALLY SURE WHAT TO 923
7 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT I 851

8 NOT REALLY A BIG DEAL 824

When I was a kid, I used to think that pork chops and karate chops were the same thing.

I thought they were both pork chops.

My grandmother thought it was cute, and because they were my favorite, she let me keep doing it.

Not really a big deal.

 

9 NOT REALLY SURE HOW TO 811
10 N’T REALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT 784
11 N’T REALLY MATTER . 776
12 N’T REALLY WANT TO DO 731
13 N’T REALLY WANT TO GO 716
14 N’T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO 683
15 N’T REALLY NEED TO BE 624
16 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT IT 609
17 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY 584
18 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE 579
19 NOT REALLY SURE WHAT THE 575
20 N’T REALLY THINK ABOUT IT 558
21 NOT REALLY MUCH OF A 538
22 N’T REALLY KNOW WHERE TO 498
23 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT ‘S 495
24 N’T REALLY SEE THE POINT 492
25 N’T REALLY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT 470
26 N’T REALLY HAVE TIME TO 465
27 N’T REALLY HAVE MUCH OF 449
28 N’T REALLY HAVE A LOT 440
29 NOT REALLY A PROBLEM . 436
30 NOT REALLY AN ISSUE . 424
31 NOT REALLY THE CASE . 418
32 N’T REALLY CARE FOR THE 416
33 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU 416
34 N’T REALLY HAVE MUCH TO 415
35 N’T REALLY MATTER TO ME 408
36 N’T REALLY HAVE A PROBLEM 407
37 N’T REALLY MATTER IF YOU 406
38 N’T REALLY HAVE A CHOICE 405
39 NOT REALLY SURE WHAT YOU 399
40 N’T REALLY MAKE SENSE TO 393
41 N’T REALLY WANT TO HAVE 388
42 N’T REALLY WANT TO GET 384
43 N’T REALLY NEED IT . 378
44 N’T REALLY HAVE TO WORRY 375
45 N’T REALLY GO WRONG WITH 368
46 N’T REALLY SEEM TO BE 367
47 NOT REALLY , BUT IT 365
48 N’T REALLY HAVE THE TIME 363
49 NOT REALLY AN OPTION . 359
50 NOT REALLY . IT ‘S 354
51 N’T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE 353
52 N’T REALLY HAVE A GOOD 346
53 N’T REALLY NEED TO KNOW 344
54 NOT REALLY , BUT I 343
55 N’T REALLY MAKE SENSE . 340
56 N’T REALLY KNOW . 337
57 N’T REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO 321
58 N’T REALLY BE ABLE TO 319
59 NOT REALLY THE POINT . 313
60 N’T REALLY THINK IT ‘S 310
61 NOT REALLY SURE WHAT I 308
62 N’T REALLY HAVE TO DO 306
63 N’T REALLY KNOW . I 302
64 N’T REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT 302
65 N’T REALLY BEEN ABLE TO 298
66 NOT REALLY A PROBLEM , 298
67 NOT REALLY GOING TO BE 298
68 N’T REALLY WANT TO SPEND 293
69 N’T REALLY BOTHER ME . 292
70 N’T REALLY MATTER WHAT YOU 289
71 N’T REALLY WANT TO KNOW 288
72 N’T REALLY WANT TO TALK 280
73 NOT ACTUALLY PART OF THE 280
74 NOT REALLY PART OF THE 280
75 N’T REALLY CARE . 277
76 NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN THE 276
77 NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT TO 275
78 NOT REALLY SURE WHAT IT 266
79 N’T REALLY CARE . I 265
80 N’T REALLY LIKE IT . 258
81 N’T REALLY KNOW HOW IT 256
82 N’T REALLY KNOW IF IT 256
83 NOT REALLY , NO . 254
84 NOT REALLY WORTH IT . 253
85 N’T REALLY KNOW , BUT 252
86 N’T REALLY MATTER . THE 249
87 N’T REALLY WORK FOR ME 248
88 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THAT 246
89 N’T REALLY NEED TO DO 244
90 NOT ACTUALLY THE CASE . 244
91 N’T REALLY LIKE THE IDEA 243
92 N’T REALLY MUCH OF A 243
93 N’T REALLY AN OPTION . 242
94 N’T REALLY GET IT . 242
95 N’T REALLY KNOW FOR SURE 241
96 N’T REALLY KNOW WHAT WAS 241
97 N’T REALLY SURE WHAT TO 240
98 NOT REALLY SURE IF I 236
99 N’T REALLY DO ANYTHING . 230
100 N’T REALLY HAVE TO BE 230