Learners of English sometimes confuse the words quit, quite and quiet, or have difficulty using them. The difference between these words is explained below, with examples of use.

Quit is a verb meaning:

      • To leave a place or a job:
        • “Alex quit college during his second year.’
        • “Jenny is going to quit teaching and become full-time writer.”
      • To stop or discontinue doing something:
        • “Sam says he’s going to quit smoking.”
        • Quit complaining and get on with the job!”

Quite is an adverb meaning ‘fairly’, ‘to some degree’, ‘a little or a lot, but not completely’ .
It is not as emphatic as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’.

      • “It’s quite warm outside today.”
      • “The house we bought needs quite a bit of work.”
      • “The candidate spoke English quite well.”
      • “I quite like living in a small town.”
      • “Julie made it quite clear that she was against the idea.”
      • “After his illness Charlie was never quite the same.”


Quiet is an adjective meaning ‘not noisy or agitated’, ‘not busy’, ‘calm’ or ‘discreet’.

    • “I told the children to be quiet while I was on the phone.”
    • “This is a quiet area. There is not much traffic.”
    • “Business has been quiet since the beginning of the year.”
    • “We preferred to have a quiet wedding with just our two families.
    • “Early in the morning the streets are empty and quiet.”
    • “The doctor said she’d have a quiet word with my mother.”