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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #114432: Quite/ Quiet/ Quite
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    Quite/ Quiet/ Quite

    This lesson will have two objectives. The first one will be very simple: we'll make sure to learn how to distinguish between  QUIET = calm and QUITE = a little, (somewhat) OR totally.

    Distinguishing between the two values of QUITE will then be our second objective, a little more tricky than the first one, but respecting specific rules.  



        a)   QUIET = calm, making little noise. It's an adjective which qualifies a noun.

    -         The children are very quiet just now. I wonder what they're doing.

    b) QUITE = a little, somewhat/ very, totally. It's an adverb modifying an adjective, a verb, or another adverb.

        -         I've been quite tired lately. I hope I can get a little rest before my exams.




    II) QUITE = a little OR QUITE = totally.

    In order to make a difference between the two meanings of QUITE, I have to introduce the notions  of gradable adjectives and of non-gradable ones.


      a) QUITE + gradable adjective = a little, somewhat, moderately. It  has a similar meaning to « rather » or « fairly ».

      An adjective is «gradable » if it may vary in degrees and can be “graded”:

     -rich => richer =>very rich.

     -You play tennis quite often, and you always win.




    b) QUITE+ non-gradable adjective = totally=; absolutely, completely.

    In this construction, QUITE  is stressed as much as the adjective.

    A non-gradable adjective is « existing » or « non-existing », but cannot have degrees.

    -   This arrangement is quite impossible for me to accept. You'll have to find another one. (= non existing; an action can be "possible" or "impossible", but can't be a little impossible).





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