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Which Word?
quite, fairly, rather, pretty


Look at these examples:
The exam was fairly difficult.
The exam was quite difficult.
The exam was rather difficult.

Quite is a little stronger than fairly,
and rather is a little stronger than quite.

Rather is not very common in North American English;

pretty has the same meaning and this is used in informal British English too:

The exam was pretty difficult.

In British English quite has two meanings:
I feel quite tired today(= fairly tired).
With adjectives that describe an extreme state
(‘non-gradable’ adjectives) it means ‘completely’ or ‘absolutely’:
I feel quite exhausted. With some adjectives, both meanings are possible. The speaker’s stress and intonation will show you which is meant:Your essay is quite good(= fairly good—it could be better);Your essay is quite good(= very good, especially when this is unexpected).
In North American English quite usually means something like ‘very’, not ‘fairly’ or ‘rather’. Pretty is used instead for this sense.


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