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    rather and fairly

    I need to know the difference in meaning between the two sentences
    1. My bag is rather big.
    2. My bag if fairly big.

    And how to use rather and when? Because I have no idea how to use it.
    Thanks


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    Re: rather and fairly

    Quote Originally Posted by espazia View Post
    I need to know the difference in meaning between the two sentences
    1. My bag is rather big.
    2. My bag if fairly big.

    And how to use rather and when? Because I have no idea how to use it.
    Thanks

    They are close enough to being synonyms in this case - that is, when you use "rather" as an adjective.
    He's rather tall = He's fairly tall.
    That was rather rude = That was unnecessarily rude.
    I think he's rather attractive. = I think he's quite attractive.

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