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    quite/a little ?

    If peace in the office holds for______longer, my personal efforts towards maintaining it may start to look appreciable to the manager.


    A) no
    B) more
    C) quite
    D) very
    E) a little

    I say "c". What would say and why ?

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    Re: quite/a little ?

    I'd say E is correct

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    #3

    Re: quite/a little ?

    I also go for "a little".


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    I still say "c". It just doesn't make any sense to me why "qutie" doesn't fit there...
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    Re: quite/a little ?

    I think that "quite" is not used before comparatives.

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    Re: quite/a little ?

    Quote Originally Posted by kultigin View Post
    If peace in the office holds for______longer, my personal efforts towards maintaining it may start to look appreciable to the manager.


    A) no
    B) more
    C) quite
    D) very
    E) a little

    I say "c". What would say and why ?
    I agree with sash2008.

    Note that,

    With a comparative we can only use rather, not quite.

    The meeting took rather longer than I expected. (NOT quite longer)


    With some adjectives quite means 'absolutely' or 'completely'. These include: absurd, certain, different, hopeless, impossible, ridiculous, right, sure, true, wrong.

    I'm quite certain about this. (= absolutely certain)
    Are you sure that's quite right? (= completely right)

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    Re: quite/a little ?

    The only instance of 'quite' + comparative that springs to mind is the now rather old-fashioned expression 'quite better', meaning 'fully recovered' (from illness). Otherwise, the combination is, to say the least, highly unlikely.

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    Re: quite/a little ?

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    The only instance of 'quite' + comparative that springs to mind is the now rather old-fashioned expression 'quite better', meaning 'fully recovered' (from illness). Otherwise, the combination is, to say the least, highly unlikely.
    Ok. If it is "rather better", what does it mean?


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    the right answer on my opinion is A.

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    Re: quite/a little ?

    Quote Originally Posted by matximessi View Post
    the right answer on my opinion is A.
    Why; can you explain?

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