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The following scenario is quite common in physics.

I am sure very is ok here, but how about quite? Which is better?

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You may find this article helpful. It does a good job overviewing the differences between words used to add degrees of intensity (i.e. very, really, quite, pretty, extremely, etc.).

Both words are perfectly fine to use. The difference I think is that very is a stronger intensifier, so saying "very common" indicates that the scenario is especially common, more so than it might be if you were to say "quite common".

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The following scenario is quite/very common in physics'.

Both are intensifier and both can be used here, but I can't say one is better and one is not because they convey different meanings.

Very is used for emphasis to make the statement more intense and stronger.

Very common(=it's not just common, but really common)

Quite tells you that the degree of intensity is noticeable or significant and more than expected

Quite common(=noticably common)

Source: Leanersdictionary.com

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