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Mnemon
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:24:34 AM

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Hello,

- The performance of this algorithm was not pretty good compared to other methods.

Do you think the construction "pretty good" in the sentence mentioned is unidiomatic? If yes, could you explain why?


Thanks.

Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:52:27 AM

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Mnemon wrote:
Hello,

- The performance of this algorithm was not pretty good compared to other methods.

Do you think the construction "pretty good" in the sentence mentioned is unidiomatic? If yes, could you explain why?


Thanks.



It’s not natural to me as it tells us nothing about how the algorithm actually performed.
To say something performed “pretty good” means that performed in a way that was okay but not spectacularly well, to say it performed “not pretty good” could go either way it could mean it performed badly or it could mean worked very well.
Pretty good sits in the middle ground to understand how the algorithm performed we need to know definitively how well or badly it performed.
Mnemon
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:49:16 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Mnemon wrote:
Hello,

- The performance of this algorithm was not pretty good compared to other methods.

Do you think the construction "pretty good" in the sentence mentioned is unidiomatic? If yes, could you explain why?


Thanks.



It’s not natural to me as it tells us nothing about how the algorithm actually performed.
To say something performed “pretty good” means that performed in a way that was okay but not spectacularly well, to say it performed “not pretty good” could go either way it could mean it performed badly or it could mean worked very well.
Pretty good sits in the middle ground to understand how the algorithm performed we need to know definitively how well or badly it performed.


Many thanks. You clarified the matter very well.
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