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    rather

    can "rather" submodify superlatives?

    He's ---- the most handsome man I've ever met.

    A) rather
    B) far
    C) much
    D) a lot
    E) very

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    #2

    Re: rather

    It can modify comparatives, but quite modifies superlatives.


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    #3

    Re: rather

    Modifying comparatives and superlatives is rare (or perhaps nonexistent) in AE.

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    Re: rather

    It's common enough in the UK:
    It was rather better than I'd been exepecting.
    It was quite the worst dinner I have had in ages.

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