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    Quite\rather

    What's the rule?

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    #2
    I would vote neither. I might say:

    • It's simply the best film I've seen this year.


    Or:

    • It's definitely the best film I've seen this year.


    :)

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    #3
    Maybe it's BE.

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Maybe it's BE.
    I think so.

    :wink:

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    #5
    We use quite\rather with the base form of an adjective, rather with the comparative and quite with the superlative.


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    Re: Quite\rather

    Can I say 'rather' used in negative meaning whereas 'quite' in positive?

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    #7

    Re: Quite\rather

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We use quite\rather with the base form of an adjective, rather with the comparative and quite with the superlative.
    Well, who'd a thunk it - learn something every day.

    b

    PS
    On re-reading, I guess I should explain: 'Who would have thought it?' (a common expression of surprise at a new discovery) - sorry, it just came out that way.
    Last edited by BobK; 15-Nov-2006 at 10:06. Reason: PS added

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    Re: Quite\rather

    I think 'thunk' has earned its place in our, er, thunking.

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    Re: Quite\rather

    I think "rather" is more appropriate, but here I've got a question, can use "quite" with superlative forms?

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    Re: Quite\rather

    It was rather better than I was expecting.
    It was quite the best dinner I have had there.

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