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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #106116: Quite or Quiet
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    Quite or Quiet


                                                                      ‘QUITE  ? or QUIET ? ’

     

    These two words are often confused by students, or used one for the other ! 

    1) QUIET :  (2 syllables) ['kwai/0t] : It may be either -  an adjective which means ‘not very active’, ‘calm’.

                                                                                   - a noun = ‘calm', ‘silence’.

    ex : After lunch, it’s pleasant to enjoy a moment of quiet rest, (= adjective), reading or playing cardgames, especially in Summer.

    ex : We enjoyed the quiet of a walk in the mountains … (= noun)

                                                                        It's also    - a verb, used when requiring calm and silence !  ex : The teacher quieted the students so that the lesson could start. 

    2) QUITE : (only one syllable) ['kwait] =  adverb. In the United Kingdom, it has 2 meanings : 

           a) = rather.  ex : This film is quite good.

    When it means ‘rather’, quite is often followed by  a/an + + adj. + noun :  ex :  This is quite an interesting story 

    This usage isn't frequent at all in the US where it is often replaced by ‘pretty’ or 'fairly'.( also used in informal British English)

          b) = totally, completely, considerably, positively : This meaning is very frequent in American English. 

    In the US, the speaker’s stress and intonation will show you which is meant : ex : Your essay is quite good (= fairly good — it could be better); Your essay is quite good (= very good, especially when this is unexpected). In the UK, quite ( = totally) precedes adjectives that describe an extreme state ('non-gradable' adjectives).

    ex : August was quite cold and rainy (fairly cold and rainy), not quite a perfect Summer  month..

    ex : Yesterday, he was quite tired (fairly tired), but today, he’s really quite exhausted !

          c)  Quite can also be used in front of  a verb : ex : I quite appreciate your choice …= I totally like the choice you've made ! 

     

    There are some expressions : Quite right = totally right ;  quite a sight (used to stress) = a sight which is really exceptional ; quite a few = a fair number of  ; quite a while = during  a fairly long moment  ; I quite agree = I totally agree !

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