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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015     Views: 0

Quite usually means less than very but more than a little. Quite goes before a/an, such as: quite a nice day, quite an old house. Some times we use quite before a noun (without an adjective). 

e.g.: I didn't expect to see them. It was quite a surprise.

We also use quite with some verbs, especially like and enjoy.

e.g.: I quite like tennis but it's not my favorite sport.

Quite also means completely, while not quite means not completely.

e.g.: Are you sure? Yes, quite sure.

I don't quite understand what you mean.

Rather is similar to quite. Often we use quite with a positive idea and rather mainly with negative words and negative ideas.

e.g.: She is quite intelligent but rather lazy.

When we use rather with positive words, it means "usually" or "surprisingly".

e.g.: These oranges are rather nice. Where did you get them? 

Rather can go before or after a/an. So you can say: a rather interesting book or rather an interesting book.




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