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    which one is correct?

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    I can`t give you an answer yet. I`d like......more time to consider my decision.
    a] quite b] fairly c] hardly d] rather
    Shall I use "rather"?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    . The collocation 'rather more' is the clue (it appears in many other contexts); quite more and fairly more are just impossible (use 'a little more'), and 'hardly more' is rare - acceptable in contexts where a comparison is almost equal: there were very few N and hardly more M - although even there I'd expect the collocation 'scarcely more'.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    . The collocation 'rather more' is the clue (it appears in many other contexts); quite more and fairly more are just impossible (use 'a little more'), and 'hardly more' is rare - acceptable in contexts where a comparison is almost equal: there were very few N and hardly more M - although even there I'd expect the collocation 'scarcely more'.

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    Thanks, Bob. I was wondering about that myself. Quite doesn't fit and rather, well, I suspected it had to be the correct choice, but it doesn't sound North American. British English, right?

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    ... British English, right?


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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    . The collocation 'rather more' is the clue (it appears in many other contexts); quite more and fairly more are just impossible (use 'a little more'), and 'hardly more' is rare - acceptable in contexts where a comparison is almost equal: there were very few N and hardly more M - although even there I'd expect the collocation 'scarcely more'.

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    Hi BobK

    Thank you very much for your answer. I looked the other words up [I looked up for the other words] and I did not find any of them to match in the sentence.
    Another question, please : which of the above sentence is correct : "looked the other words up" or "looked up for the other words"?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi BobK

    Thank you very much for your answer. I looked the other words up [I looked up for the other words] and I did not find any of them to match in the sentence.
    Another question, please : which of the above sentence is correct : "looked the other words up" or "looked up for the other words"?

    Thank you again.
    Either "looked the other words up" or "looked up the other words" - no "for".

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Thank you very much for clarifying that ,BobK.

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