I'd like to to know what type of phrase 'not quite' is. My English Language teacher says it is a mitigated adverbial phrase, but I have no idea. I'm pretty sure it is not mitigated, but partly adverbial due to the use of 'quite'. Please help!
From John Lawler's comment:
Not quite is a hedged quantifier. It indicates that quantity or quality does not reach a minimum level, though it is close to that level. It's used for processes in action, and refers to increasing the level of the quantified item to reach the minimum during the process. "Not yet; not yet, keep on; not quite, just a little bit more; OK, that's it."