Quite and rather

Quite = меньше чем `very’, но больше чем `a little’:

– I’m surprised you haven’t heard of him. He’s quite famous.

– It’s quite cold. You’d better wear your coat.

– Tom lives quite near me, so we see each other quite often.

Quite стоит перед a/an: quite a nice day, quite an old house, quite a long way.

Мы также употребляем quite с некоторыми глаголами, в частности: like и enjoy:

– I quite like tennis but it’s not my favourite sport.

О другом значении quite см. раздел c.

Значение слова rather – такое же, как и у quite, однако мы, в основном, употребляем rather с отрицательными словами и в негативных ситуациях:

– It’s rather cold, so you’d

better wear your coat.

– `What was the examination like?’ `Rather difficult, I’m afraid’.

– Let’s get a taxi. It’s rather a long way to walk.

Употребление quite также возможно в этих примерах.

Мы часто употребляем quite в позитивных ситуациях, а rather в негативных:

– She is quite intelligent but rather lazy.

Когда мы употребляем rather с позитивными словами, то подразумевается ‘необычность’ или ‘неожиданность’. Например: rather nice = unusually nice/ surprisingly nice/ nicer than expected:

– These oranges are rather nice. Where did you get them?

– Ann didn’t like the book

but I thought it was rather interesting. .

Rather может стоять либо перед, либо после a/an: a rather interesting book или rather an interesting book.

Quite может также означать `полностью’. Например:

`Are you sure?’ `Yes, quite sure.’

Quite означает ‘полностью’ с рядом прилагательных, в том числе: sure, right, true, unnecessary, different, amazing, certain, wrong, safe, extraordinary, impossible, amazed.

– She was quite different from what I expected.

– Everything they said was quite true.

Мы также употребляем quite с некоторыми глаголами:

– I quite agree with you.

– They haven’t quite finished their dinner yet.

– I don’t quite understand what you mean.

Quite and rather