QUITE & RATHER
With gradable words, it means 'near the maximum degree' (1). With ungradable words, it means '100 per cent' (2, 3, 4). It usually goes with positive words.
- Your work is quite good.
- You are quite (= perfectly) right.
- I quite (= entirely) understand.
- I am quite sure
It is similar to quite but it usually goes with negative words (1, 2). With positive ideas, it means 'unusually, surprisingly'. (3)
- This is rather difficult to do. (also 'quite difficult')
- It is rather cold today.
- It turned out to be a rather interesting film.
Only rather can be used in front of a comparative. (1)
- She is rather taller than me.
© E Pérez - 2006 (arrayan.canalblog.com)