Answered By: Writing Center
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2015     Views: 9

They all have very similar meaning --  less than very but more than a little.

Pretty is used mostly in spoken English because it's informal.

e.g.: You should watch the movie. It's pretty good.

Quite is followed by a/an + adjective, noun or we can say quite a lot (of) as well. Quite is used with verbs especially like and enjoy. It also means completely - quite sure. It can be used with verbs to have the same meaning.

e.g.: Quite a lot of kids come here to play. 

Rather is used in negative context.

e.g.: The song's rather bad. You can tell it won't be a hit.

Fairly is less than quite/rather/pretty and it has a meaning not very good, could be better.

e.g.: It's fairly good. Just wait until it comes out in DVD, though. It's not worth watching in the theater.

Related Topics

    Contact Us

    The Learning Commons

    140 William T. Jerome Library
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH 43403
    Phone: 419-372-2823
    Fax: 419-372-2458
    tlc@bgsu.edu