Not quite vs. No?

Matthewc555

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I have never understood the difference between these two I have no contexts in mind but when can I use not quite rather than no?
 
  • Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    I'll take a stab at it and make up my own contexts.

    1) A: Is this meat cooked enough for you?
    B: Not quite. I like it medium rare and it's a little too red in the middle.

    A: Is this meat cooked enough for you?
    B: No. I like it medium and it's practically raw.

    2) A: Did you decide which wall sconces to buy?
    B: Not quite. We looked at 458 sconces and have narrowed the choice down to 4.

    A: Did you decide which wall sconces to buy?
    B: No. I want something sort of Backwoods Rustic and she wants something 'sophisticated.'
    {I don't see a definition in the WR dictionaries for 'wall sconce' as I used it. I meant small electric lights that attach to the wall. I didn't mean brackets for candles.)

    Then there are cases where 'not quite' doesn't work at all:

    A: Is a fish a mammal?
    B: Not quite. :thumbsdown:

    A: Are you pregnant?
    B: Not quite.:thumbsdown:
     
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