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Very vs. Quite — What's the Difference?

Very vs. Quite — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Very and Quite

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Very

In a high degree; extremely
Very happy.
Very much admired.
May 16, 2022

Quite

To the utmost or most absolute extent or degree; absolutely; completely
I quite agree
Quite frankly, I don't blame you
Are you quite certain about this?
It's quite out of the question
This is quite a different problem
May 16, 2022

Very

Truly; absolutely
The very best advice.
Attended the very same schools.
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Quite

To a certain or fairly significant extent or degree; fairly
He's quite an attractive man
It's quite warm outside
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Very

Very Used in titles
The Very Reverend Jane Smith.
May 16, 2022
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Quite

Expressing agreement with or understanding of a remark or statement
‘I don't want to talk about that now.’ ‘Quite’
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Very

Complete; absolute
At the very end of his career.
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Quite

To the greatest extent; completely
Quite alone.
Not quite finished. See Usage Note at perfect.
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Very

Being the same; identical
That is the very question she asked yesterday.
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Quite

Actually; really
I'm quite positive about it.
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Very

Being particularly suitable or appropriate
The very item needed to increase sales.
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Quite

To a degree; rather
Quite soon.
Quite tasty.
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Very

Used to emphasize the importance of what is specified
The very mountains shook.
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Quite

To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
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Very

Being nothing more than what is specified; mere
The very act of riding in the car made him dizzy.
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Quite

With verbs, especially past participles.
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Very

(Archaic) Genuine; true
"Like very sanctity, she did approach" (Shakespeare).
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Quite

With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs.
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Very

(literary) True, real, actual.
The fierce hatred of a very woman.
The very blood and bone of our grammar.
He tried his very best.
We're approaching the very end of the trip.
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Quite

With predicative adjectives.
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Very

The same; identical.
He proposed marriage in the same restaurant, at the very table where they first met.
That's the very tool that I need.
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Quite

With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc.
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Very

With limiting effect: mere.
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Quite

Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions.
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Very

To a great extent or degree.
That dress is very you.
Not very many (of them) had been damaged.
She's very like her mother.
‘Is she busy?’ ― ‘Not very.’
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Quite

With adverbs of manner.
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Very

Conforming to fact, reality or rule; true.
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Quite

In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
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Very

(with superlatives) Used to firmly establish that nothing else surpasses in some respect.
He was the very best runner there.
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Quite

Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.)
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Very

True; real; actual; veritable.
Whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness.
I looked on the consideration of public service or public ornament to be real and very justice.
May 16, 2022

Quite

With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs.
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Very

In a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly; excessively; extremely; as, a very great mountain; a very bright sun; a very cold day; the river flows very rapidly; he was very much hurt.
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Quite

Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative.
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Very

Precisely as stated;
The very center of town
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Quite

Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable.
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Very

Being the exact same one; not any other:;
This is the identical room we stayed in before
The themes of his stories are one and the same
Saw the selfsame quotation in two newspapers
On this very spot
The very thing he said yesterday
The very man I want to see
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Quite

Before a noun preceded by the definite article.
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Very

Used to give emphasis to the relevance of the thing modified;
His very name struck terror
Caught in the very act
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Quite

With prepositional or adverbial phrases.
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Very

Used to give emphasis;
The very essence of artistic expression is invention
The very back of the room
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Quite

To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather.
Mind your shoes, the basement is quite wet.
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Very

Used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal;
She was very gifted
He played very well
A really enjoyable evening
I'm real sorry about it
A rattling good yarn
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Quite

Indicates agreement; exactly so.
“That's a rather ugly colour for a house, don't you think?” — “Quite.”
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Very

Precisely so;
On the very next page
He expected the very opposite
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Quite

(bullfighting) A series of passes made with the cape to distract the bull.
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Quite

See Quit.
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Quite

Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken.
Man shall not quite be lost, but saved who will.
The same actions may be aimed at different ends, and arise from quite contrary principles.
May 16, 2022

Quite

To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably.
He really looks quite concerned.
The island stretches along the land and is quite close to it.
May 16, 2022

Quite

To a degree (not used with a negative);
Quite tasty
Quite soon
Quite ill
Quite rich
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Quite

To the greatest extent; completely;
You're quite right
She was quite alone
Was quite mistaken
Quite the opposite
Not quite finished
Did not quite make it
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Quite

Of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative);
Her victory was quite something
She's quite a girl
Quite a film
Quite a walk
We've had quite an afternoon
May 16, 2022

Quite

Actually or truly or to an extreme;
Was quite a sudden change
It's quite the thing to do
Quite the rage
Quite so!
May 16, 2022

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