Do these two phrases have the same meaning?

He met a lot of people in London.

He met quite a lot of people in London.


I swim a lot.

I swim quite a lot.

Do the above sentences in each pair mean the same thing?


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There is no difference in the meanings of the sentences. The difference would be if you compare 'a little' and 'quite a little/bit'. The last one means the same as 'a lot'. According to Oxford Living Dictionary: quite a lot (or a bit) - A considerable number or amount of something.

  • So you think the addition of the word 'quite' does not change the meaning of the original at all, not even in the slightest?
    – Mitch
    Dec 21, 2018 at 13:43

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