View Poll Results: The film was ___ better than I'd expected.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    The Answer is Rather . it means "" Surprisingly""

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    Modifiers of BETTER:
    the film was a lot better than...
    lots better ...
    a (damned) sight better than ..
    far better than...
    a little/bit better than..

    As for the choice between RATHER and QUITE before 'better', I think it would be worth considering the difference in register (and consequently in meaning) between the two.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    I'd say far better then I had expected.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    well, i think that the correct answer is RATHER, because this word is used when something is better than expected, as an intensyfier of the surprise of the persone talking.

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    Default Re: rather

    Quote Originally Posted by valtango View Post
    or simply, the film was better than I expected..
    Agreed both quite and rather are incorrect usage and 'quite' inappropriate

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    Cool Re: Quite\Rather 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    quite............................................. ...........

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    I voted for "rather" and the posters seem to agree generally, but is "quite" completely wrong? I think it's not when "quite" is stressed.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I voted for "rather" and the posters seem to agree generally, but is "quite" completely wrong? I think it's not when "quite" is stressed.
    It was quite good; it was quite the best film I have ever seen; but not quite better in this context, in my opinion.

    It's acceptable in the sense of 'fully recovered':

    A: How are you feeling today? Still weak?
    B: No, I am quite better, thank you.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    How about this?

    "Was is better?"
    "It was QUITE better!"

    This is what I had in mind. I'm not asserting that this is right in any other sense than that it's possible. Is it?

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 2

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    This is what I had in mind. I'm not asserting that this is right in any other sense than that it's possible. Is it?
    Not for me.

    COCA has only two examples of 'quite better', one of them 'I feel quite better', and the other 'quite better off' - which is different.

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