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quite, not quite

Filed under: Extra — anlactunay @ 4:04 PM

quite, not quite
In formal use, quite means COMPLETELY or ENTIRELY, but it is frequently encountered in standard speech and writing as a synonym for VERY, or TO A CONSIDERABLE EXTENT. The phrase NOT QUITE means ALMOST ENTIRELY. In many instances, quite may be omitted without any loss of meaning or clarity.

I have had QUITE (= ENTIRELY) enough of this nonsense!
The investigation was QUITE (= VERY) thorough.
Katie has ALMOST ENTIRELY (= NOT QUITE) finished her assignment.
Paul counted his cash but he did not have (QUITE) enough to buy the vintage comic book.


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