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    The drawing was quite beautiful.
    The drawing was pretty beautiful.

    Similarly,
    She was quite beautiful.
    She was pretty beautiful.

    How would you understand the above sentences with respect to "quite", pretty"?

    Please help me.

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    ‘Pretty’ here is used colloquially as ‘fairly’ or ‘moderately’.

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    Default Re: quite/pretty

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    The drawing was quite beautiful.
    The drawing was pretty beautiful.

    Similarly,
    She was quite beautiful.
    She was pretty beautiful.

    How would you understand the above sentences with respect to "quite", pretty"?

    Please help me.
    "Pretty" is equal to "very".

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    To me "pretty beautiful" can be damning with faint praise. Its precise nature will be in the tone of voice used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    The drawing was quite beautiful.
    The drawing was pretty beautiful.

    Similarly,
    She was quite beautiful.
    She was pretty beautiful.

    How would you understand the above sentences with respect to "quite", pretty"?

    Please help me.
    I agree with the posters. Pretty can mean (i) fairly, as in moderately, or (ii) very, as in more than moderately, even genuinely, as in quite beautiful.

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