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English Grammar


The difference between 'quit', 'quite' and 'quiet'.

Learners of English sometimes confuse the words quit, quite and quiet, or have difficulty using them. The difference between these words is explained below, with examples of use.
  • QUIT :
    Quit is a verb meaning:
    • To leave a place or a job:
      • “Alex quit college during his second year.’
      • “Jenny is going to quit teaching and become full-time writer.”

    • To stop or discontinue doing something:
      • “Sam says he’s going to quit smoking.”
      • "Quit complaining and get on with the job!"

  • QUITE :
    Quite is an adverb meaning ‘fairly’, ‘to some degree', ‘a little or a lot, but not completely’ .
    It is not as emphatic as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’.

    • “It’s quite warm outside today.”
    • “The house we bought needs quite a bit of work.”
    • "The candidate spoke English quite well."
    • "I quite like living in a small town.”
    • "Julie made it quite clear that she was against the idea.”
    • "After his illness Charlie was never quite the same.”

  • QUIET :
  • Quiet is an adjective meaning ‘not noisy or agitated’, 'not busy', 'calm' or ‘discreet’.

    • "I told the children to be quiet while I was on the phone.”
    • "This is a quiet area. There is not much traffic.”
    • "Business has been quiet since the beginning of the year."
    • "We preferred to have a quiet wedding with just our two families.
    • "Early in the morning the streets are empty and quiet."
    • "The doctor said she'd have a quiet word with my mother."

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