|For Adverbs of Degree the words fairly, quite, rather, and pretty are used. The following are explanations on how these words are used:|
|1. Fairly -- It is a non –descriptive qualifier similar to quite, rather, and somewhat and some other degree adverbs. It is used when a plain adjective needs to be modified but cannot be qualified. In spoken English the meaning can vary with the tone of voice and stress.|
a. Mr. Johnson is fairly’ big. = It means Mr. Johnson is “not exactly small” or “almost huge” (relating to the size of the body).
b. I saw her fairly recently. = It means the person have not seen the lady all the time.
|2. Quite - It means to a large degree.|
a. Teenagers nowadays are quite different than the others before.
b.There are quite a lot of people lining up in the movie theater last Sunday when we went there.
|3. Rather - It means to a noticeable degree or somewhat and is stronger than quite. Also it suggests more accurately and more exactly.|
a. Kanako Ueda speaks English rather well. People often think she is not Japanese.
b. How was the movie you’ve watched last Sunday?~ Rather good- I
|4. Pretty - It is used to give emphasis to a specific thing to a large degree or to some degree. It modifies adjectives and adverbs.|
a.“How are you feeling now?” “Pretty good, thank you.”
b. Most of the time during weekdays Mr. Hudson feels pretty tired.