+0

Hi,

what do you think?

The film was _______ ; my grandson screamed at one point.

A) guite fright B) the quite fright C) quite a fright D) quite frightening

According to the answer key the right solution is C. I just can't figure out why D is not possible as well.

Thank you for your comments.

+2

"Quite a fright" is used in some set expressions.

https://www.wordreference.com/definition/fright

You gave me quite a fright.

Her hair is quite a fright! (Wild, unkempt, messy, crazy)

+1

The answer key should say D.

Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Comments  

Interesting!

Rover, I must saw the phrase 'quite a fright' used for a horror book. Do you think it can be a common mistake or something too casual to be considered correct in proper English?

Thanks,

Tom

 AlpheccaStars's reply was promoted to an answer.
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.

Hi,

I know the phrase „give a fright“ exists. So in this sentence it is not an option?

Anyway, thanks for confirming D. I thought I was going mad Emotion: smile

AlpheccaStars"Quite a fright" is used in some set expressions.

So it looks like "a fright" as a noun is used when it is a sudden moment, not the whole film.

Do you think in these sentences it would be ok?

The film was really scary; it gave my grandson a fright at one point and he screamed.

The film was really scary; my grandson had a fright at one point and he screamed.

This seems more natural:

The film was really scary; one scene gave my grandson such a fright that he started screaming and we had to leave.

Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies