I took this sentence from the students book. What is the best choice:
Being a doctor is a quite/ pretty stressful job?
In the book “pretty” is given as a correct variant, but with no explanation.
X is quite a stressful job. [standard register]
X is a pretty stressful job. [informal register]
The book should give both and explain both.
Dictionaries are very useful for English learners.
- adverb [ADVERB adjective/adverb]
You can use pretty before an adjective or adverb to mean 'quite' or 'rather'.
I had a pretty good idea what she was going to do.
Pretty soon after my arrival I found lodgings.
Synonyms: fairly, rather, quite, kind of [informal]