the use of the expression "not quite"
I am not sure about how to use the expression "not quite", meaning "just under" or "nearly".
For example, would these sentences be correct?
There are not quite twenty apples in the basket. We spent not quite two hours cleaning the house. We didn't spend quite two hours cleaning the house.
Thank you very much for your help.
Although your sentences might be gramatically correct, I don't think it is common to use "quite" as you have in your examples. I don't exactly know the grammatical rule but Marianne has listed some examples that are very commonly used.
In your examples, I would suggest that these phrases would be more likely to be used:
- There are just under/almost twenty apples in the basket.
- We spent just under/almost/less than two hours cleaning the house.
- We didn't spend all of two hours cleaning the house.
Hope this helps!
Hello and welcome to the SpanishDict forum!
Some other examples of the word "quite."
1) Are we there yet? No, not quite.
2) How much milk do we have? Quite enough.
3) The grandmother drove quite slowly down the street.
4) Your report is not quite accurate.
5) My headache is quite painful.
Very well done!