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    rather or quite?

    Hi teachers!

    Which word -rather or quite- acts to intensify the idea that there is a noticeable degree of coldness. I mean, which is colder -- rather cold or quite cold ?
    Would American natives choose quite cold as being colder than rather cold?

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: rather or quite?

    I see no difference in degree. Both say that it is moderately cold.


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    Re: rather or quite?

    In my experience the Americans would say, "It's pretty cold," (or "It's really cold" if it's even colder than that). We also enjoy using colorful expressions to describe the degree of coldness. For example, in J.D. Salinger's seminal Catcher in the Rye the weather is "colder than a witch's tit."

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    Re: rather or quite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    In my experience the Americans would say, "It's pretty cold," (or "It's really cold" if it's even colder than that). We also enjoy using colorful expressions to describe the degree of coldness. For example, in J.D. Salinger's seminal Catcher in the Rye the weather is "colder than a witch's tit."

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    Hi Delmobile
    Thank you for your answer. I have Salinger`s novel translated in Romanian. I`ll read it again because I`m interested in the Romanian version of the expression you wrote. Very interesting, indeed.

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    Re: rather or quite?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I see no difference in degree. Both say that it is moderately cold.
    Thank you very much Anglika.


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    Smile Re: rather or quite?

    Most Americans would understand "rather cold" as less cold than "quite cold".


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    Re: rather or quite?

    Yes, I think I would agree with that, Camille.

    Teia, I eagerly await the Romanian translation. Poking around to make sure of that expression, I found a regular treasure trove of Americana.

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