Fairly, quite, rather and pretty

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Fairly is an adverb of degree. It generally modifies adjectives and adverbs.

Fairly does not suggest a very high degree.

Quite

Quite suggests a higher degree than fairly.

Quite can modify adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns.

Rather

Rather is stronger than quite. It suggests ideas such as more than is usual, more than was expected or more than was wanted.

Rather can modify adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns.

Pretty

Pretty is similar to rather.

Pretty can modify adjectives and adverbs. It can’t modify nouns or verbs.

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Fairly, quite, rather and pretty
Far
Farther and further
Feel
Few and little
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
Finished: difference between I'm finished and I've finished
Fit and suit: difference
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