248 – Rather, Quite, Fairly, & Pretty – 4 Alternatives to Very

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I’m sure a lot of Happy English Podcast listeners know how to use very, but there are a few other words that you can use in your everyday English that function just like very. For today’s English lesson, I’m going to show you how to use the adverbs fairly, rather, quite, and pretty in your English conversation and writing.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details:

Using Fairly:

  • Jack plays golf fairly well, considering he just started playing last year.
  • Jenny’s French is fairly good. I’m sure she’ll have no trouble during her business trip to Paris.

Using Quite:

  • I was quite tired last night so I went straight to bed.
  • Akira knows football quite well, so if you want to know the rules, just ask him.
  • I quite like spending time with Jenny. She’s a very interesting person.
  • It’s quite a shame that they only stayed in NYC for four nights. That’s not a lot of time to see everything.

Using Rather:

  • That musical was rather boring. I wouldn’t see it if I were you.
  • The food in that restaurant was good, but it was rather expensive.
  • I rather like going to classical concerts.
  • Not seeing Jane when she came to NYC was rather a disappointment.

Using Pretty:

  • That musical was pretty boring. I wouldn’t see it if I were you.
  • The food in that restaurant was good, but it was pretty expensive.
  • The view from the top of that building is pretty nice.

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