Learners of English sometimes confuse the words quit, quite and quiet, or have difficulty using them. The difference between these words is explained below, with examples of use.

  • QUIT :
    Quit is a verb meaning:
    • To leave a place or a job:
      • “Alex quit college during his second year.’
      • “Jenny is going to quit teaching and become a full-time writer.”
    • To stop or discontinue doing something:
      • “Sam says he’s going to quit smoking.”
      • Quit complaining and get on with the job!”
  • QUITE:
    Quite is an adverb meaning ‘fairly’, ‘to some degree’, ‘a little or a lot, but not completely’ .
    It is not as emphatic as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’.
    • “It’s quite warm outside today.”
    • “The house we bought needs quite a bit of work.”
    • “The candidate spoke English quite well.”
    • “I quite like living in a small town.”
    • “Julie made it quite clear that she was against the idea.”
    • “After his illness Charlie was never quite the same.”
  • QUIET: can be used as both as an adjective or a verb.

As an adjective, quiet means silent or no sound or noise

When quiet is used as a verb, it means to make quiet or to silence.

  • “I told the children to be quiet while I was on the phone.”
  • “This is a quiet area. There is not much traffic.”
  • “Business has been quiet since the beginning of the year.”
  • “We preferred to have a quiet wedding with just our two families.
  • “Early in the morning the streets are empty and quiet.”
  • “The doctor said she’d have a quiet word with my mother.”

My office is quiet and quite comfortable. I’ll miss it when I quit.


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