Unit 2.2

Quite vs Rather

Determiners

Determiners are modifiers of nouns. They can provide a wide range of information.

We use the determiners  quite and rather to modify the degree of adjectives and adverbs.

Determiner words are put before a noun to show what the noun refers to.

Quite

The position in the sentence  is:
Subject + quite + adverb/adjective/article/determiners/noun + complement

  • Quite appears:
    • in affirmative sentences to express the meaning of a little;
    • in negative sentences to expresses the meaning of not completely.

NOTE: We can use quite with the, a, some and nouns.

Rather

The position in the sentence  is:
Subject + rather + adverb/adjective + complement

  • Rather appears in affirmative sentences to express the idea of more than was expected.

Quite:

  • Practicing as a lawyer is quite good but it is also stressful.
  • I am quite happy about the job I got but it is not the job I want.
  • It is not quite a good idea to ask for a raise nowadays.

Rather:

  • She rather likes to being self-employed.
  • The professionalism in this office is rather good. I am surprised.
  • The company is thinking that the contract they offered me is rather useless.

We use quite and rather to modify the degree of adjectives and adverbs.

  • Quite gives more emphasis than a little but less than very;
  • Rather gives more emphasis than quite. It means “more than was expected”.

We use the determiners  quite and rather to modify the degree of adjectives and adverbs.

The position of quite in the sentence  is:
Subject + quite + adverb/adjective/article/determiners/noun + complement

    • In affirmative sentences to express the meaning of a little;
    • In negative sentences to expresses the meaning of not completely.

NOTE: We can use quite with the, a, some and nouns.

The position of rather in the sentence  is:
Subject + rather + adverb/adjective + complement

  •  In affirmative sentences to express the idea of more than was expected.

For example:

— I am quite happy about the job I got but it is not the job I want.= We use quite in affirmative sentence with the meaning of a little.

The professionalism in this office is rather good. I am surprised.” = We use rather to express the idea of more than was expected.

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