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    #1

    rather hard work

    She is doing rather hard work.

    Is this sentence correct? [Particularly the use of the adverb "rather']

    If yes, How would you read this sentence?


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    Re: rather hard work

    It is grammatically correct. You tell us first what you think it is saying.


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    Re: rather hard work

    Thank you Anglika.
    She is doing rather hard work.

    I think the person who said this sentence is not fully agree that she is doing hard work. So he used the word, "rather'. Am I right?

    If he were happy or agree that she was doing hardwork, he would have used, "fairly, quite or pretty in place of rather". Am I right?


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    Re: rather hard work

    I think the person who said this sentence does not fully agree that she is doing hard work. So he used the word "rather'. Am I right?

    If he were happy or agreed that she was doing hard work, he would have used "fairly", "quite" or "pretty" in place of "rather". Am I right?

    It is rather hard to answer this question > it is not very easy to answer this question.

    "rather hard" implies that the work is not very easy, but that it is not very difficult either. "rather" here is synonymous with your other suggestions.

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