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Anonymous:
We can use quite in the following :

1)quite+ adj/adv

2)quite+ article(a/an)+ adj + countable noun<< If the noun is uncountable, can i use quite+ adj + noun?

3)quite + article(a/an) + noun

4)quite

Can pretty, rather or fairly use in the way as quite do?

What are the differnece between these four words?

Thank for answering
AnonymousWe can use quite in the following :
1)quite+ adj/adv
2)quite+ article(a/an)+ adj + countable noun
If the noun is uncountable, can I use quite+ adj + noun?
3)quite + article(a/an) + noun
4)quite
Can pretty, rather or fairly use in the way as quite do?
Hello Anon

[1.]Adverb "quite" has two usages. When it modifies gradable adjectives like "good", it means "rather"/"fairly" (less than maximum but more than average). When it modifies non-gradable adjective like "right", it means "completely".
(EX) This news is quite amazing. (=This new is rather amazing)
(EX) My answer is quite wrong. (=My answer is completely wrong).

[4.]When "quite" is used as a modifier for verbs, the meaning depends on the verbs.
(EX) I quite enjoy the party. (quite=to a certain extent).
(EX) I quite forgot to post the letter. (quite=completely)

[3.] "Quite" is can be used as a pre-determiner (i.e., quite+a+adj+noun). In this case, it works as an intensifier (nearly "very").
(EX) It was quite an interesting film.
Commonly "quite" cannot be used as a modifier for an uncountable noun.
(Wrong) I have quite short sight.

[2.] Adjective "quite" can modify both countable and uncountable nouns.
(EX) Mr Chomsky is quite an expert on the English Language. (noteworthy)
(EX) It's quite some time since we met for the first time. (considerable)
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Hi,

Can pretty, rather or fairly use in the way as quite . . .?

What are the differnece between these four words?

Let's say as a teacher, I say this about a student. What do I mean? Here's are some brief semantic comments, although a very, very great deal depends on the way these things are said, as well as the context. For the less positive meanings, the next word I'd often say is 'but . . .'.

Her English is pretty good. Positive. Casual and common spoken English.

Her English is rather good. Positive, sounds a bit formal.

Her English is fairly good. Sounds like I have some reservations about her English.

Her English is quite good. Could be positive, negative or neutral, depending on how I say it. In writing, positive.

Best wishes, Clive
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Paco2004(EX) This news is quite amazing. (=This new is rather amazing)
(EX) My answer is quite wrong. (=My answer is completely wrong).

With gradable words, quite usually means something like 'fairly' or 'rather' in affirmative sentences. With non-gradable words, quite means 'completely.'

Compare:

It's quite surprising. (similar to fairly surprising)

It's quite amazing. (= absolutely amazing)

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Anonymous:
[quite" is used as a modifier for verbs<<Can fairly,pretty,rather used as this?

Quite" is can be used as a pre-determiner <<Can fairly,pretty,rather used as this?

thank^^
TeoWith gradable words, quite usually means something like 'fairly' or 'rather' in affirmative sentences. With non-gradable words, quite means 'completely.'Compare:
It's quite surprising. (similar to fairly surprising)
It's quite amazing. (= absolutely amazing)
Hi Teo

Thanks for correcting my understanding. "Amazing" is a strongly positive gradable adjective (we can say "more amazing" and "most amazing"), but when "quite" is a modifier for such strongly positive gradable adjectives, we have to take "quite" as "absolutely".

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Anonymous:
He is rather/fairly/quite/pretty a talented musician. << Is these sentence right?

i'm quite/rather/fairly/pretty ready. <<Is it right ,too?

Thank^^you
Anonymous
He is rather/fairly/quite/pretty a talented musician. << Is these sentence right?

i'm quite/rather/fairly/pretty ready. <<Is it right ,too?

Thank^^you
He is rather/fairly/quite/pretty a talented musician.

I'm quite/rather/fairly/pretty ready.

paco
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Anonymous:
Thank you
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