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Do these two phrases have the same meaning?

for example

he met a lot of people in London

he met quite a lot of people in London

or

I swim a lot

I swim quite a lot

Do the above sentences mean the same thing?

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I swim a lot This is a strong statement. You spend a lot of time swimming.

I swim quite a lot This is a weaker statement. But without context it is hard to interpret, because 'quite is often used to understate something. eg

Tom: I swim quite a lot. I spend 30 minutes in the pool every week.

Bob: I swim quite a lot. I won an Olympic gold medal last month.


These are not phrases. They are sentences, so you need to end them with correct punctuation.

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For me, as an American, the second is stronger than the first, but according to Oxford Press's EFL textbook 'New English File' the former is stronger.