In looking at the answers for this question, Using "quite" with a noun, it occurred to me that "quite," although having a dictionary definition, might be used differently by AmE and BrE speakers such that it is not correct to speak about "the correct" use of "quite."
Case in point, WS2's example sentence:
There were quite a few hundred at the gathering
to my ear (AmE) sounds "wrong," but in the UK this might be everyday usage.
Also the following:
There were quite 50 people at the house
is something I would express using about / actually / around instead of quite.
- Is there a significant usage difference between BrE and AmE usage of "quite?"
This could be viewed as "opinion based" but perhaps there is an objective answer.