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Default Re: "not really"

1) Really has falling intonation and "amplifies" don't, so the meaning becomes I don't like it at all.
2) Really has fall-rise intonation and "downtones" like, with the meaning I don't like it very much

Quite is another adverb which has this dual, and apparently contradictory role of amplifier/downtoner. See this thread for more info.
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