Almost: ✓almost, nearly ✗quite

almost, nearly
quite
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
E’ raro trovare uomini che si dedicano volentieri a un ragionamento duro e concreto. C’è una ricerca quasi universale di risposte facili e soluzioni non ben concepite. A certe persone niente fa più male della necessità di pensare.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
✓ His accent was almost impossible to understand.
✗ His accent was *quite* impossible to understand.
Il suo accento era quasi impossibile da capire.
A common mistake. The equivalent of quasi in English is almost, nearly or practically. Some more examples:
✓ We’re almost/nearly/practically out of sugar – I’ll go to the corner shop and get some before it closes.
Abbiamo quasi finito lo zucchero – vado al negozio all’angolo a comprarne prima che chiuda.
✓ That film was so funny – I almost/nearly/practically died laughing!
Quel film faceva così ridere – sono quasi/praticamente crepata dalle risate!
Quite is the equivalent of abbastanza in Italian. For example:
✓ Our flat is quite near the city centre.
Il nostro appartamento è abbastanza vicino al centro.
✓ She’s doing quite well at school.
Sta andando abbastanza bene a scuola.
A synonym for quite is fairly:
✓ I’m fairly fit – I don’t go to the gym but I do go for long walks.
Sono abbastanza in forma – non vado in palestra ma faccio delle lunghe camminate.

Now try the quiz below! There are TEN answers. The pass mark is 90% (9 out of 10). Click on the blue arrows to go to the next or previous question. You can check your answers immediately or when you’ve finished the quiz.

 

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