(something) is (adjective) without being (adjective)

This is a phrase that you can use when you want to describe something very precisely. For example, you could describe a film like this:

It was emotional without being overly sentimental.

In this example, "emotional" and "sentimental" are two words that have similar meanings. But "sentimental" is stronger than "emotional". So this sentence describes very precisely how emotional the film was.

This phrase appears in these lessons: