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Activity 1

4 uses of quite

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Sensational Sam will explain 4 uses of quite - and they're quite good! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Sam 

Hi everyone, Sam here. And in this lesson, we're going to look at 4 different uses of quite.

We use quite before an adjective or adverb to mean 'less than very, but more than a little'. It's quite cold and it's raining quite heavily today.

We can use quite before a verb – often the verbs 'like' and 'enjoy'. I quite like watching football but I don't love playing it.

We can use quite a before an adjective + noun. My brother is quite a good musician. But if we take the adjective away, and just have quite a + noun, the meaning changes. My brother is quite a musician, which means 'my brother is a very good musician. He's impressive.

So quite is quite useful, isn't it?

 

4 uses of quite

Before an adjective / adverb

We use quite before an adjective or adverb to mean 'less than very, but more than a little'.

  • It's quite cold and it's raining quite heavily today.

Before a verb
We can use quite before a verb – often the verbs 'like' and 'enjoy'.

  • I quite like watching football but I don't love playing it.

Adjective + noun
We can use quite a before an adjective + noun.  This means 'less than very, but more than a little'.

  • My brother is quite a good musician.

+ noun
We can use quite + noun to mean 'very good' or 'impressive'

  • My brother is quite a musician

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