Usage of ‘Fairly’ and ‘Rather’. Voiced & compiled by Nageswar Rao. A English Teacher. Courtesy Sri. K. V. Madhusudhan Resource Person (English) 15/02/26 email@example.com
Fairly: The word only before positive adverbs and adjectives to give the meaning ‘to some extent but not very’ Tea is fairly hot, (It means that the hotness is sufficient) I know him fairly well, but I wouldn’t say we were really close friends. We use ‘fairly’ to give the meaning ‘in a fair and reasonable way; honestly’ He has always treated me very fairly. Some Idioms: Fair weather friend – someone who is friendly with a person only while things are going well for that person. Fair play – make sure that fairness and justice are observed. To stand fair with – to be in the good graces of.
Rather: It is used for desirable and undesirable things. The movie was rather boring. (here it conveys the negative sense) It is used with a verb to make a statement sound less strong. I rather suspect we’re making a mistake. We were rather hoping you’d be able do it by Friday. Rather is also used before certain nouns which are descriptive of an attitude towards a person or a thing. We make rather a fuss about silly things. He is rather a fool to do such a thinhg.
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