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However, it is frequently heard in standard speech and seen in writing as a synonym for very or to a considerable extent.

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The word you are looking for is the adjective tantamount.

Are you quite sure? How did they leave the house? Study the following: Shall we go?

Study these examples: How did you find the maths test? I see no hope - the future looks quite black to me.

Did you get to see Hamlet at the Barbican? In formal use, quite means “completely” or “entirely.” I have had quite (entirely) enough of this nonsense! The phrase not quite means almost entirely.

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It's quite impossible to learn twenty new items of vocabulary each day. The adjective easy, for jot, is gradable. I think you're quite wrong about this. Nearly everything went. Things can be easier or harder. Katie has almost entirely or not quite finished her asment. Do you like this one?

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If you stay quite still, those animals won't harm you. Young children must never be left at home on their own. Roger Woodham replies: In British English, quite has two different meanings. Compare the following: I know they left in a hurry. How was the house contents auction?

quite, not quite. So, if we put this into context and look at some more examples of quite with ungradable adjectives, we may find: There's no trace of red in her hair - it's quite black. Paul counted his cash but he did not have quite enough to buy the vintage comic book. Things can't be more black or less black.

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Oxford Dictionaries Online gives its meaning as: Equivalent  7 answers. It does mean completely or entirely, but it also means fairly or rather. In many instances, quite may be omitted without any loss of meaning or clarity.

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How did you get on at Barry's party? I'm quite tired but I'll try and finish this book review before I go to bed. Steven Tan from Singapore writes: Hi Roger!

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I haven't qkite finished decorating Jim's bedroom yet, but I will have by Saturday. Compare the following: I wouldn't want to be on holiday with him, but I quite like him. However, it is frequently heard in. Am I right to say that it is the same in British English? They are just black.

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The investigation was quite very thorough. Let's take a picnic with us.

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quits I quite agree with you. I believe this sense of "quite" is as used in both UK and US English (see 1st meaning here for definition), meaning "completely", so that "not quite yet" implies that  3 answers. If you would like more practice more please visit our Message Board in the You, Me and Us part of our website. In modern use, it is always followed by to.

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Webster's Dictionary defines it as extreme or very. I quite enjoyed myself. What did you think of the cabaret?

Thus, quite, when used with easy, means fairly or rather. My friends often argue about the meaning of the adverb quite. His performance on stage was quite amazing - we were just spellbound for three hours! I think it's going to be quite a nice day.

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Have you finished that book on Che Guevara yet? However, it is frequently heard in standard speech and seen in writing as a synonym for very or to a considerable extent. The colour adjective black, for example cannot be graded.