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What does dead mean? #1 (permalink) Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:26 pm   What does dead mean?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #60 "Chit Chat: In the theatre", question 7

Alice: Yes, you're ......... right. I've seen him on tv loads of times.

(a) fully
(b) alive
(c) dead
(d) clear

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #60 "Chit Chat: In the theatre", answer 7

Alice: Yes, you're dead right. I've seen him on tv loads of times.

Correct answer: (c) dead
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Dead right #2 (permalink) Thu Jan 05, 2006 13:00 pm   Dead right
 

Hi Ivanov,

You're dead right means: You're absolutely right. I'm dead certain means: I'm absolutely/totally certain.

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What does dead mean? #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:53 am   What does dead mean?
 

the why not fully right ???
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What does dead mean? #4 (permalink) Wed Jul 01, 2009 21:25 pm   What does dead mean?
 

Is that idiom?
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What does dead mean? #5 (permalink) Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:19 am   What does dead mean?
 

It's not an Idiom and "dead" has the meaning "complete".
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What does dead mean? #6 (permalink) Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:29 am   What does dead mean?
 

No, 'dead' in this context does not mean 'complete' but as Alan has already explained it means 'absolutely/totally' or maybe 'completely'.

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What does dead mean? #7 (permalink) Tue Jan 19, 2010 22:07 pm   What does dead mean?
 

hi,
But why isn't "fully right?"
It's like "completely" an adverb! and also means "completely"(the meaning of "fully" is taken from "Oxford Advanced learner's dictionary of current English"
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What does dead mean? #8 (permalink) Wed Jan 20, 2010 14:31 pm   What does dead mean?
 

Can we also say I'm dead serious, or maybe I'm deadly serious?
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What does dead mean? #9 (permalink) Sun Jul 11, 2010 15:24 pm   What does dead mean?
 

Dear Torsten,
Can we use dead instead of absolutely in other sentences like that Ivana's example?
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What does dead mean? #10 (permalink) Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:15 pm   What does dead mean?
 

Ivana Tomasevic wrote:
Can we also say I'm dead serious, or maybe I'm deadly serious?

I'm dead serious is ok.
The other one makes little sense without further context.
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What does dead mean? #11 (permalink) Tue Jul 05, 2011 21:40 pm   What does dead mean?
 

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Hello English Teacher,

In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary there are:

1.fully=completely
-She had fully recovered from the accident.
-We are fully aware of the dangers.
-I fully understand your motives

2.(used to emphasize an amount) the whole of; as much as
-The deasese affects fully 30 per cent of the population.

I think dead right is a collocation, I heard it but I forgot so I wrote fully, me also.
Surely I will use it.

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What does dead mean? #12 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 0:27 am   What does dead mean?
 

Why not fully? In the oxford dictionary brings the following example: I am fully aware of the problem. Thanks.
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What does dead mean? #13 (permalink) Wed May 16, 2012 7:26 am   What does dead mean?
 

That is a different usage of 'fully'.
I am fully aware = I am completely aware, but has a sense of being made aware of, being kept informed.
That sense doesn't work with 'You are right'.
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