Using plenty as an Adverb
Many handbooks advise avoiding the adverb plenty in writing; “use very, quite, or a more precise word,” they advise. Actually plenty is often a more precise word than its recommended replacements; very, fully, or quite will not work as well in these typical quotations <it's already plenty hot for us in the kitchen without some dolt opening the oven — C. H. Bridges> <may not be rising quite as rapidly as other health costs, but it is going up plenty fast — Changing Times>. It is not used in more formal writing.
Examples of quite in a sentence
He felt that the world he had loved had quite gone. —Edmund Wilson, New York Times Book Review, 20 July 1986
The men who made love to the left-wing college girls were either medical students, who had contempt for them and forgot them, or jocks, who bragged falsely of having made conquests of quite other girls. —Renata Adler, Pitch Dark, 1983
Irene Franey, a little older than I, was quite a beauty —John O'Hara, letter, 30 Dec. 1963
In my opinion, my work … ain't quite good enough … —William Faulkner, in Faulkner in the University, (1959) 1977
“Are you quite finished?” “Not quite.”
I am quite capable of doing it myself, thank you.
They assured me that I was quite mistaken.
We hadn't quite made up our minds.
She's quite right, you know.
I quite forgot your birthday.
No one realized quite what was happening.
Quite why he left is unclear.
That is not quite what I said.
Origin and Etymology of quite
Middle English, from quite, adjective, quit
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of quite for English Language Learners
: to a very noticeable degree or extent
: completely or entirely
: exactly or precisely
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