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".


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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