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    Default Re: I am writing a thesis. Help!

    Thank you very much.
    Any more answers? The more replies I get, the more reliable the test results will be.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: For native speakers. Help with the test.

    Thanks a lot. Now I have a starting point. But, please, continue answering.

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    Default Re: Please help. Test with native speakers.

    Thank you for the answers.
    Any more replies?

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    Hi Twin

    1. pretty
    2. pretty
    3. fairly
    4. pretty
    5. pretty
    6. pretty
    7. fairly / pretty -depends whether written or spoken
    8. fairly / pretty -depends whether written or spoken

    I'm East coast USA and 44 yrs old.

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    1. rather
    2. quite
    3. fairly
    4. pretty
    5. quite
    6. pretty
    7. rather
    8. quite

    USA (Pacific Northwest), 41.

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    1.I was _______ surprised to see him with his ex-wife. quite/rather
    2.He was limping _______ badly. rather/quite
    3.I got a letter from Sylvia ________ recently. quite/fairly
    4.The food in the cafeteria is usually _____ good. pretty
    5.She still looks ________ miserable. quite/fairly
    6.I知 ________ sure he値l say yes. quite/fairly
    7.The house had a ______ large garden. fairly/rather
    8.She speaks English ________ well. quite/fairly/rather

    Multiple answers depend on degree, except #7. That one is a toss-up.
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    Default Re: Please help. Test with native speakers.

    RATHER, PRETTY, FAIRLY or QUITE

    1.I was _rather______ surprised to see him with his ex-wife.
    any

    2.He was limping __pretty_____ badly.
    rather, pretty or quite

    3.I got a letter from Sylvia __fairly______ recently.
    fairly or quite - not rather

    4.The food in the cafeteria is usually _quite____ good.
    any

    5.She still looks ___rather_____ miserable.
    any

    6.I知 ____pretty____ sure he値l say yes.
    Quite sure means certain. Pretty or fairly, not rather.

    7.The house had a _fairly_____ large garden.
    Rather, pretty, fairly but not quite.

    8.She speaks English ________ well.
    Any.

    Pretty is more of a slang usage than the others.

    Rather often has an implication of surprise or doubt. If you say a garden (US yard) is rather large this implies that it's too big or larger than it should be. If the food is rather good it's better than you would expect.

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    Default Re: Please help. Test with native speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by twin_sister1 View Post
    Hi. I am writing my master thesis and need to do a kind of a test with native speakers. Could you take a look at the following sentences and insert RATHER, PRETTY, FAIRLY or QUITE where it seems more natural to you. There is no right or wrong. I simply need the statistics. Please, specify the country of origin and your age. Thanks in advance.





    1.I was ___QUITE ____ surprised to see him with his ex-wife.
    2.He was limping __RATHER_____ badly.
    3.I got a letter from Sylvia ___QUITE_____ recently.
    4.The food in the cafeteria is usually __PRETTY___ good.
    5.She still looks ___QUITE_____ miserable.
    6.I知 ___PRETTY_____ sure he値l say yes.
    7.The house had a ___RATHER,___ large garden.
    8.She speaks English __QUITE______ well.

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    Default Re: Please help. Test with native speakers.

    Thanks for the answers I would appreciate if I could receive any more.
    Happy new Year!

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    Thank you for these answers. I would appreciate if I got any more responses.
    Happy New Year!

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