Shall I say the implication of a kind of and quite are the same?
1) It's a kind of cold.
2) It's quite cold.
Tks / ju
And 'kind of' meaning 'quite' is kind of informal.
1. to the greatest extent; completely or absolutely you're quite right quite the opposite
2. (not used with a negative) to a noticeable or partial extent; somewhat she's quite pretty
1- to some degree: ........
2- completely: ...
I guess we can not use "kind of" instead of "quite" if quite means the first meaning in Collins or the second one in Macmillan.
Ofcourse I am not a native English speaker but there is something in the difinition of "quite" which stops me of saying: "the implications of "kind of" and "quite" are the same", sometimes it sounds to me that they are in opposition.
Last edited by Khosro; 05-Feb-2011 at 20:44.
If you're quite tired, you could carry on doing what you're doing (but would quite like to stop soon).
If you're quite exhausted, you're absolutely exhausted.
The same is true with other gradeable/non-gradeable pairs. The 'quite' in 'quite interesting' isn't the same sort of 'quite' as the one in 'quite enthralling' or 'quite rivetting'; 'quite hungry' has a different sort of 'quite' from 'quite famished'...