The difference between“Quiet“y“Quite“
“Quiet“y“quite“they are easy to confuse because they look similar. However, they are pronounced differently and have very different meanings.
“Quiet“ means little or no noise. For example:
- The kids are quiet when the TV is on.
“Quite“ means to the greatest extent or fairly. For example:
- Admitting failure is quite cleansing but never pleasurable. (Author Michael Morpurgo)
The noun“quiet“means no or very little noise. It can also be used as an adjective.
Example sentences with“quiet“:
- I like fishing. I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. (Tennis player Rafael Nadal) ✔️
(Here,“quiet“is a noun.)
- All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. (Mathematician Blaise Pascal) ✔️
(Here, the word“quiet“is an adjective.)
- Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. (Statesman Napoleon Bonaparte) ✔️
The word“quite“is an adverb that most of the time means to the greatest extent possible. Something unusual, however, can also mean quite a bit or to a great extent, which is almost the opposite. (The meaning is determined by the context.)“Quite“it is classified as an intensifier.
Example sentences with“quite“:
- How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly ocean. ✔️ (Science writer Arthur C. Clarke)
(Here,“quite“means to the utmost extent.)
- It is quite cold outside.
(Here,“quite“means to a significant extent.)
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