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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    'Pretty' is widely used in British English too.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    If I may continue "quite" and "pretty" discussion a little more, I wonder if someone could tell me the difference both in BE and AE.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    You will not, I think, hear either "quite good" or "rather good" very often in AE. Instead, expect to hear "pretty good" and "very good".


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    You will not, I think, hear either "quite good" or "rather good" very often in AE. Instead, expect to hear "pretty good" and "very good".

    thanks for youur help

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    You can find some information about the difference between them, visit link
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    So i think the answer is "quite" :))
    And this's the conclusion:
    - Quite is more force than Rather
    - Rather is often used to describle "sth bad, unsuitable, etc" :))
    - Quite may be used with a, the, or some and a noun, but Rather is only used with a.

    If there's sth wrong, please correct it. Merci.
    Last edited by csharp; 20-Feb-2007 at 03:27.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    I always thought that "quite" in BrE can also mean "completely" (hence expressions like -> quite the contrary, quite the opposite), although I've been told to be careful with this meaning, as it apparently is non-existent in AmE.

    Am I wrong...?

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    There is some "bleeding" between AE and BE. We can't quite keep them apart.

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    and we've "quiet" :)
    sometimes we are by those two.
    illimunate us, please with the pronunciation and the meaning.
    on the other hand, do we use "with" with "illimunate"
    or this word is true here ?

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    The word quiet has two syllables (kweye-et). It means (a)lack of sound, or (b)to eliminate noise.

    Question: Do we use "with" with "illimunate"?
    Answer: Sometimes. Apparently (I have only consulted myself), when it is used literally ("Illuminate the room") it is not used with "with", but when used figuratively ("Illuminate us with your wisdom") it is.

    ~R

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    Default Re: Quite\Rather 3

    As far as I know both are possible here. I have been told 'rather' is a bit stronger than 'quite' but that depends on stress and context. By the way, is it true that 'rather' goes with adjectives expressing negative ideas -'rather ugly'-? Isn't it 'a bit' or 'a little' -a bit ugly-?. Thanks

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