About fairy, quite, rather and pretty

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
was surprised.

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.
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