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You’ll learn about the words really, very, quite, pretty and fairly so that you can use these intensifiers correctly in English.
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Really, very, quite, pretty and fairly – intensifiers
They are ADVERBS that are often used in front of adjectives and adverbs. (NOT used to modify verbs, unlike most other adverbs.) They usually, but not always, make the adjectives and adverbs more powerful.
Very and really are strong intensifiers:
Reza and Craig are VERY/REALLY good teachers. – better than just good
It’s REALLY/VERY hot. – more than a little/bit hot
Daniel speaks English REALLY/VERY well. – better than just well
Quite can have different meanings:
I’m not quite ready. Can you wait for a few minutes? (almost ready, not completely)
Sure, I’m quite happy to wait. (very happy, completely happy)
That’s not quite true (not completely true)
I don’t quite see it that way. (not completely)
That’s quite enough of that! – Stop doing or saying that.
That’s quite alright. – No problem, don’t worry.
There can be a difference in use between British and American English.
These cookies are quite good. (very good – US)
These biscuits are quite good. (not bad but not as good as they could be, I prefer the chocolate ones – UK)
Stress and intonation can affect the meaning of QUITE:
A- Did you enjoy the new Disney film?
B- Yes, it was quite good. (Better than I’d expected./Surprisingly good.) Stress on good.
A- Did you enjoy the new Disney film?
B- Yes, it was quite good. (But not as good as I’d expected./But not fantastic.) Stress on quite.
Pretty and fairly as intensifiers
It’s pretty expensive, but I’m still going to buy it. (quite – más bien, bastante)
Note: quite goes before the article – It’s quite an expensive phone.
Pretty goes after the article – It’s a pretty expensive phone.
I didn’t get top marks in the exam, but my results were fairly good. (reasonable, acceptable)
Fairly goes after the article – It’s a fairly cheap restaurant.
We hope you can now use really, very, quite, pretty and fairly with confidence and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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