Could you please tell me if my answer is correct, and is this a set/fix phrase?

Q:do you exercise?

A:well, not enough that I thought I should be.

(What I mean to say is, I do exercise, but its not enough from what I think I should have, to answer someone stating the quantity of exercise.)


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    Probably not as much as I think I should.
    – Useless
    Dec 20 '17 at 12:37
  • Very nice this is what im trying to say... bwahaha. Thx very much.
    – John Arvin
    Dec 20 '17 at 14:01
  • 'Probably not as much as I think I should.' sounds illogical to my ears, containing two modal devices. 'Probably not as much as I should.' contains a sensible modal hedging. Dec 20 '17 at 23:43

Q: Do you exercise?
A: Not as much as I should

Explanation: I don't have a formal explanation, however this is the briefest way in my view to indicate that you should be exercising more than you are currently exercising. It also indicates in a succinct manner that you know you should be exercising more, etc. You don't need to say "I thought" because the phrase "I should" already implies you are thinking about it.

  • This answer would be better if it explained what correction you made to the original, and why.
    – Davo
    Dec 20 '17 at 13:20
  • No worries, I'll edit it.
    – SaltySub2
    Dec 20 '17 at 13:38
  • Guys, I have already got what I'm trying to say. Anyway, is ''Probably not as much as I think I should'' a fix phrase?
    – John Arvin
    Dec 20 '17 at 14:05
  • Hi John, that is not correct, or unnecessary, it should be, "Probably not as much as I should". As above, you don't need to say "I think", it is implied that you are already thinking about it :)
    – SaltySub2
    Dec 20 '17 at 14:06
  • Oh... I see. It sounds more correct SaltySub. Ok, so its 'probably not as much as i should' then. Is this a set/fix phrase?
    – John Arvin
    Dec 20 '17 at 14:19

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