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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #42128: Quite/rather
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    Quite/rather


    QUITE                                                                                                          

     

    Means less than 'very' but more than 'a little' :             

     

     

    The film was quite good but the book was much better.

     

    -  She is quite attractive, but not what I'd call gorgeous.

     

    -  She lives quite near me, so we can see each other quite often.

     

    -  I quite like reading but it is not my favourite pastime.

     

     Quite a :  goes before  a  /  an

     

    - He is quite a good soccer player ( not  a quite  good soccer player)

     

     

    RATHER

     

    is similar to quite. We use rather mainly with negative words and negative ideas :

     

     

    -   He is limping rather badly

     

     

    - 'What was the examination like ? ''Rather difficult , I am afraid.'

     

     

    -  I was quite pleased with the hotel but she was rather disappointed.

     

     

    When we use rather with positive words it means 'unusually' or 'surprisingly' :

     

     

    -  These pears are rather nice ( nicer than expected ) where did you buy them ?

     

     

           

    QUITE also means 'completely' and NOT QUITE not completely :              

     

    -  He  has quite recovered from his illness     -  They have not quite finished their lunch yet

     

    Especially with a number of adjectives : 

     

     sure, certain, right, wrong, true, safe, clear,different, incredible,

     

     extraordinary, amazing,  impossible,  unnecessary, obvious

     

    -  I am sorry .It is quite impossible, I can't come !

     

    -  Are you sure ? Yes, quite sure

     

     

     

     

     





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