Talk:quite a few

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quite a bit[edit]

quite a few[edit]

Sum of parts. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:24, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Possibly comparable: quite a lot, rather a lot. Equinox 18:54, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
Which sense of quite is this referring to? Polarpanda 22:56, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
I don't get the grammar of this expression in our PoS framework. What part of speech is "quite"? If it really is an adverb, what adjective or verb or other adverb would it be modifying.
Cambridge Advanced Learners, Macmillan, and Collins COBUILD (all aimed at learners) show it as a "predeterminer". Some other dictionaries show "quite a" or "quite a something" as an idiom. We need to have a usage note and perhaps a category for predeterminers if this all "quite a" expressions are not be be considered as idioms. I don't yet get what CGEL says about these. I would favor accommodating all predeterminers within our existing PoS headers until we have evidence that a large proportion of normal users (at least of learners) are being taught this grammatical category. We could use redirects from some of the most common examples, such as those Equinox refers to. DCDuring TALK 01:07, 6 June 2010 (UTC)
Keep at least "quite a few". It is not evident from the parts that it means more than a few. --Hekaheka 06:20, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
Err on the side of keep both. Merriam-Webster Online has both. --Dan Polansky 10:45, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Striking as no consensus for deletion. Voting for deletion: Mglovesfun. Voting for keeping "quite a few": Hekaheka, Dan Polansky. Voting for keeping of "quite a bit": Dan Polansky. Unclear: Equinox, DCDuring, Polarpanda. These are only few clear votes, but the nomination has expired months ago, without getting enough clear votes for deletion. --Dan Polansky 10:45, 14 November 2010 (UTC)