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The IELTS exam is quite difficult

Be careful when you are using the adverb quite. You can change the meaning of a sentence by putting the main stress on this adverb.

Imagine someone has just cooked dinner for you and they ask you what you think of the food. This is your reply:

It’s quite nice.

If you stress the word quite in your answer, you are saying that the food is just okay. It is not fantastic. It could, perhaps, be better. Quite here means okay or so-so.

It’s quite nice.

If you stress the adjective instead of the adverb, you are saying that the food is fantastic. If you use quite and place the stress on the adjective, quite means very.

It’s quite nice.

Remember that in the IELTS speaking exam, it is important that you stress the correct word so that the meaning of your spoken answer is correct.

You can read more about adverbs in English here.

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