what does the term 'fairly rarely' mean?
What is meant by the term 'fairly rarely'?
I know what rarely means,but what is this 'fairly rarely'?
- deniseLv 71 month ago
It means not very often.
- RPLv 71 month ago
The simplest explanation is seldom.
- busterwasmycatLv 71 month ago
about midway between extremely rarely and not rare at all. fairly tends to be used to mean numerous enough (or important enough) to be noticeable but it is not dominant, not extreme. middling; in the middle of the range that the thing being described could encompass.
- John PLv 71 month ago
In British English (not so much in American English) we like to qualify adjectives, thus we don't like to think of something happening 'rarely' - that sounds too stark. 'Fairly rarely', or 'moderately rarely', do just pull back a little from basic 'rarely'.
You could also say: 'not very often', or 'infrequently'.
'Fairly' is one of several adverbs and adjectives which 'soften' other adjectives and adverbs in British English. You will just have to get used to our feeble British way!
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- robert2020Lv 61 month ago
Another term would be, 'generally uncommon'.
In other words it's happens much less than average.Source(s): Native American English speaker for 67 years.