Quiet or quite / Confusing English words

Quiet or quite / Confusing English words

This lesson entitled “Quiet or quite Confusing English words“, learners are going to learn 2 confusing English words “quiet” and “quite”, the pronunciation, spelling, their differences and how to use them in a sentence using both words.

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Let’s start;

quiet                /ˈkwī_ət/

quite                /kwīt/

These 2 words have a similar spelling.

But they are pronounced differently.

They also have very different meanings and uses.

Let’s look at the differences.

Quiet is an adjective.   (an adjective modifies a noun)

Quiet means:      – making little noise

-with very little activity and excitement


The teacher told the kids to be quiet.

The mall is always quiet on Sunday.

 You ought to be quiet in a library.  (Don’t make any noise)

Quite is an adverb.  (an adverb modifies a verb, adjective or another adverb)

Quite defines the degree of something

= a little or a lot but not completely


Debbie: I’m feeling quite tired. (A little tired, but not completely tired.)

The physics exam was quite difficult. (It was a little difficult but not completely


Theysaid thedog was quite badly injured. (a dog was badly injured, but not completely injured)

An example using both words:

The students are quite quiet in the classroom.

Quiet or quite Confusing English words
Quiet or quite Confusing English words

(The students are a little quiet but not completely quiet.)

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