I know the meaning of the word quite and how to use it in most of the cases. Yet, when it comes to negatives I am in a state of uncertainty. For example:
- I’m not quite right.
- I’m completely wrong.
Are they equivalent? Do they mean exactly the same thing? I don’t think so.
I’d say that 1. implies that I’m wrong but not completely while 2. leaves no room for any rightness, but I’m not sure if I’m getting it right.
The dictionaries don’t explain about its usage with negatives, they simply say in definition #2 and #4: (not used with a negative)
However, I have tried to use with a negative: Ngram viewer and it returned a lot of hits which I don’t know to interpret.
Would you enlighten me please?