What is the difference between plutot and assez?

AshleyC1Kwiziq community member

What is the difference between plutot and assez?

"It's quite difficult but useful."

Why can't you use 'plutot' in this sentence?

Is 'assez' used for quite while plutot for 'rather'?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ashley,

In most cases, assez or plutôt will be used and in that particular example, you could use either without any change in meaning.

I suppose the difference is similar to that in English between 'quite' and 'rather'.

Assez + adjectif will often be translated by rather, quite, fairly, pretty, sufficiently

Plutôt + adjectif will be rather, if anything, somewhat 

but the difference is minimal

If you say -

Cette situation est plutôt/assez inquiétante  

either would do.

Hope this helps!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

That's a subtle question which is probably best be answered by a native speaker. In some cases they are interchangable while in others they are not.

You might want to google "difference between plutôt and assez". I found several interesting discussions, some more useful than others. But it will give you a good idea.

What is the difference between plutot and assez?

"It's quite difficult but useful."

Why can't you use 'plutot' in this sentence?

Is 'assez' used for quite while plutot for 'rather'?

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