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The audio includes two short conversations in which the speaker answers with different intonations of "pretty" so as to cause different meanings of the two answers. The second one means she didn't like the movie much. Why? Is that a sarcastic tone?

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  • IMO the second one is not sarcasm, but giving reserved or weak praise to the movie. She did not dislike it; it could have been better. Jun 26 at 9:42
  • @Weather Vane So, when Americans or native English speakers wanna express something they don't like it much, do they always use "pretty" with that kind of pitch? Jun 26 at 9:55
  • Not always, intonation can be used in many ways. Jun 26 at 10:14
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    @questionguy - you should use 'want to' rather than 'wanna', which is severely casual, dialectical and informal. Jun 26 at 10:30
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    You would not say 'really' if you meant 'not much', unless sarcasm was intended. There aren't any rules about what someone will say. They say something, and you infer from their tone what they mean, which isn't always what they intended (say with sarcsasm). The sound bites are examples of the ways to use intonation. Isn't that the way in any language? Jun 26 at 11:53

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