Rather | English Usage


Rather is an adverb of degree. Its meaning is similar to fairly and quite.

With adjectives and adverbs, rather suggests ‘more than is usual’ ‘more than was expected’ and similar ideas.

Rather can modify comparatives and too.

With nouns

Rather can modify noun phrases, with or without adjectives. It generally comes before articles, but can also come after a/an if there is an adjective.

Rather is not normally used before a plural noun with no adjective.

With verbs

Rather can modify verbs.