pretty vs somewhat : Common Errors in English

About pretty vs somewhat

It’s pretty common to use “pretty” to mean “somewhat” in ordinaryspeech; but it should be avoided in formal writing, where sometimes"very” is more appropriate. The temptation to use “pretty” usuallyindicates the writer is being vague, so changing to something morespecific may be an even better solution: “a pretty bad mess” might be“chocolate syrup spilled all over the pizza which had been dumped upsidedown on the carpet.”

pretty Meaning(s)

  • (s) pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing
  • (s) (used ironically) unexpectedly bad
  • (r) to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

somewhat Meaning(s)

  • (r) to a small degree or extent
  • (r) to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

pretty in News

  1. 'Pretty Little Liars': Aria gets cozy with her martial arts instructor

    brightcove.createExperiences(); Check out these clips from "Pretty Little Liars" Season 4, episode 2, titled "Turn of the Shoe." Above, Hanna and Aria confront Shana, wondering why she wasn't at Detective Wilden's funeral with Jenna -- since the partners in crime helped Wilden off the road the night Ashley ran him down with her car. Meanwhile, Paige and Emily are making their Stanford plan, so ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Zap2It

  2. ‘Pretty Little Liars’ season 4 premiere generates nearly 3 million viewers (and lots of tweets!)

    Pretty Little Liars scored itself some not-so-little ratings last night. The show’s season 4 premiere was the show’s best summer
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Entertainment Weekly

  3. ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Returns Up Double Digits; ‘Twisted’ Debuts Solid

    Pretty Little Liars was back for its fourth season last night with 2.972 million viewers watching. That’s up slightly from the 2.93 million total viewers the ABC Family flagship drama garnered in its Season 3 debut on June 5, 2012. However in key demos the 8 PM Season 4 premiere saw significant gains over last summer’s debut. Last night’s episode was up 31% among Adults 18-34 to 1.28 million ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Deadline Hollywood

somewhat in News

  1. Motor City Bengals: Some Tigers prospects' stocks are rising, some are falling

    Daniel Fields (OF): Fields has been somewhat of an enigma for the Tigers since getting drafted in 2009. Blessed with good tools, he hadn't really put them to use on a baseball field up until this point. Fields is still learning, as evidenced by his strikeout rate of around 25%, but he also is striking the baseball with much more authority than in the past, posting an OPS of .844 this season with ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. School system's finance chief retiring after 14 years

    Admitting that she's somewhat of a “workaholic,” Kerry Shannon, finance director for Henderson County Public Schools for the last 14 years, says she's ready to put down her spreadsheets and travel the world a bit with her husband when she retires later this month.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Hendersonville Times-News

  3. Remembering Doug Roach, Veteran Staffer

    It’s somewhat rare for a congressional staffer to gain praise from both Republicans and Democrats. Such was the case for Doug Roach, a committee veteran for more than two decades who died in January at the age of 70.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

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