We often use quite a lot and quite a bit with a comparative adjective or adverb to mean ‘much’:
We went to Italy when I was quite a bit younger.
The new truck is quitea lot heavier than the old model.
Quite + verbs
In informal speaking, we often use quite with like, enjoy, understand and agree to talk about our opinions or preferences. Depending on the context, it can mean ‘a bit’, ‘a lot’ or ‘totally’. We usually put it in the normal mid position for adverbs (between the subject and the main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb):
I quite like tennis but I can never play proper games because I can’t serve. (I like tennis a bit.)
I quite enjoy sitting here and watching people go by. (I like it a lot.)
I quite agree. You’re absolutely right. (I agree completely.)
I can quite understand that the news would have upset her. (I totally understand.)
Not quite meaning ‘not completely’
We often use notquite to mean ‘not completely’. We can use it with adjectives, adverbs, nouns, non-finite clauses, prepositional phrases and wh-clauses:
The door was not quite closed. (+ adjective)
The news was not quite as bad as I had expected. (+ comparative phrase)
It’s not quite half past nine. (+ time phrase)
She hesitated, not quite knowing what to do. (+ non-finite clause)
That’s not quite what I meant. (+ wh-clause)
We can also use not quite as a short response:
Are you ready?
No, not quite.
We can use not quite with verbs:
I’m slightly concerned and don’tquite understand why he didn’t come.
I haven’tquite got the money to get my laptop yet.