The adverbs ‘absolutely’ and ‘exactly’ can sometimes be used in the same way but they do have different meanings; they are not exactly the same. Read on to find out how to use them.
When you want to agree with someone, you can often use either ‘absolutely’ or ‘exactly’ as a single-word response. In some cases, only one of them is correct.
As a general rule, use absolutely for opinions and exactly for facts.
“Reading is a pleasant way to spend time.”
“You can learn a lot from books, too.”
If you want to say something is the maximum level of a quality use ‘absolutely’ with an ungradeable (strong) adjective.
This looks absolutely
If you are talking about things that are gradable or measurable, use ‘exactly’. It’s the opposite of ‘about’ or ‘around’.
He’s exactly six feet two inches tall.
Your homework is exactly two weeks late.