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    about "quite"

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    The adverb quite has different meanings. How to distinguish them easily. Thanks!

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    Re: about "quite"

    quite (as in "quite") adv. : to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"

    quite (as in "quite") adv. : to the greatest extent; completely; "you're quite right"; "she was quite alone"; "was quite mistaken"; "quite the opposite"; "not quite finished"; "did not quite make it"

    quite (as in "quite") adv. : of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative); "her victory was quite something"; "she's quite a girl"; "quite a film"; "quite a walk"; "we've had quite an afternoon"

    quite (as in "quite") adv. : actually or truly or to an extreme; "was quite a sudden change"; "it's quite the thing to do"; "quite the rage"; "Quite so!"

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    Re: about "quite"

    It's not always straightforward to distinguish them- there is a story about a doctor who was told a patient was quite ill and took it to mean not serious when the speaker meant serious and went off without worrying and the patient died.

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