• She is very lovely.
  • She is quite a lovely girl.

  • He is very handsome.
  • He is quite a handsome man.

Do they mean exactly the same? What i know and found on the internet is that "the effect of very is stronger than the effect of quite"

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    Did you search in the dictionaries the definition for "quite" and "very"? What did you find? Without showing your efforts and your understanding of the problem, we cannot help. – virolino May 22 '19 at 6:46
  • Related question quite a bit, quite a lot Vs very – ColleenV May 23 '19 at 10:56
  • Note that “quite” is used differently in BrE and AmE. – StephenS Mar 27 at 0:25

Very is an adverb used to intensify. Quite is an adverb used to dampen a little. If you say “she is very lovely,” you are signaling to your audience to envision a lovely girl, then dial it up a bit. If you say “she is quite lovely,” you are signaling to your audience to picture a lovely girl, but dial back your expectations just a bit. The one caveat is that quite is often used not because the girl isn’t just plain lovely or even very lovely, but as deliberate understatement.


The word very shows more intensity than the word quite. You can find the complete explanation and reasoning here.

Also, quite can both mean very as well as, in some cases, slightly. (Source)

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