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What does "quite" mean in different contexts?

Discussion in 'Language & Culture' started by Yousef Essam, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. Yousef Essam

    Yousef Essam Guest

    When I say something is quite clear, does it mean that it's 'so clear' or that it's 'moderately clear but not very'? According to Cambridge dictionary, quite can mean 'very' or 'moderately but not very' depending on the word that comes after it.

    I think it depends on whether the adjective that comes after is gradable or not. If I say it's quite cold it means that it's cold but not very cold, while if I say it's quite freezing it means that it's very cold because freezing is non-gradable.

    So when I say something is quite clear I think it depends on whether clear is gradable or not. Correct me if I am wrong. So is "clear" gradable or non-gradable?

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