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    #1

    quite a few/many

    "We saw quite a few cars on our way here"

    Can I replace quite a few with with many? Is there even such thing as quite many? I haven't heard anyone using such a phrase (at least not that I can remember)

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    #2

    Re: quite a few/many

    NOT A TEACHER

    Yes you can. Cars is countable, so the opposite of a few cars is many cars.

    Quite refers to intensity, while many refers to quantity. I believe you can say quite many, even though it may sound redundant, but I'm not quite sure about it, so let's wait for more replies from the teachers.

    Regards.

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    #3

    Re: quite a few/many

    "Quite many" is not natural. There is no grammatical reason it's wrong (that I can think of).
    There were quite a few...
    There were many...
    There were several...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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