a question

benjpound

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the other climbers were all for giving up the attempt,
but it was............impossible to convince him of the need to do so.

a) too b) quite

first I chose "too" for the answer although I couldn't eliminate "quite" for why it isn't correct here.
Well, then it turned out that "quite " is the correct answer but I don't understand the logic behind it
although I have some hypothesis.

If I use "too" here it means I couldn't convince him.
If I use "quite" here it means I was able to convince him.
Am I right?
thanks for your answers in advance.
 

benjpound

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A thing is either impossible or not ('quite' here means 'absolutely). A thing cannot be 'too' impossible, and more than somebody can be 'too dead'.

So we can't use too impossible" together.
Ok.Thank you.
 
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