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Learn British English: a “pretty” useful word

 

I’m sure you know that “pretty” is normally an adjective which refers to an attractive physical state of a female, like “quite beautiful”.

However, we also use it as a substitute and synonym for “quite”. You are likely to hear it often in this context. I think it is important to learn and know.

EXAMPLES

“Do you fancy her?” “Yeah, I think she’s pretty”. (Physically attractive.)

“You wanna go out?” “No, I’m pretty tired, I’m going to bed.” (Quite tired.)

“The British weather is pretty awful at the moment.” (Quite terrible.)

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