One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not completely or entirely.‘my hair's not quite dry’‘she hasn't quite got the hang of it yet’
- ‘Much about it is not quite up to standard but there are other parts in which it shines.’
- ‘If it has not quite been able to reach its goal, it does not seem to be from lack of effort.’
- ‘I quite like these composers, but not quite as much I want to like them, if you get me.’
- ‘It's not quite leaping a tall building in a single bound, but it's the next best thing.’
- ‘We are not leaving the team as it is because it is pretty obvious it's not quite up to scratch.’
- ‘His characters inhabit a society that is not quite ours, but which is familiar all the same.’
- ‘Could you help us here, because we are not quite clear as to where the boundaries should be drawn.’
- ‘Fred declared this dish to be good, still, but not quite as good as he remembered from before.’
- ‘It was one of those mornings when you half wake up but not quite all the way.’
- ‘It is a work in progress and it is not quite there yet, but it is getting better.’
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