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Post time 2006-7-24 22:52:10 |Display all floors
quite an interesting book---->What an interesting book!  ( an exclamatory comment)

a quite interesting book----->A very interesting book!( modifier)


hope it be helpful;-)


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Post time 2006-7-25 08:40:38 |Display all floors
Originally posted by hly2006 at 2006-7-24 22:52


hope it be helpful;-)


hope it WILL be helpful.
or
hope it's helpful

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Post time 2006-7-25 09:55:14 |Display all floors
quite an interesting book — of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative), used to emphasize the exceptional or impressive nature of somebody or something

a quite interesting book — to a considerable or great degree, rather

English speakers debate about whether the meaning of quite interesting is
  • very interesting, or
  • reasonably but not very interesting
(I would say the second.)

I think the phrase a quite is not very common. You're more likely to hear quite a or quite + adjective:

That's quite an interesting book. or
That book is  quite interesting.

[ Last edited by jeff_in_sf at 2006-7-25 10:24 AM ]

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Post time 2006-7-25 14:44:40 |Display all floors
Grateful to hly2006 and jeff_in_sf for their detailed clarification!

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