“I'll warn you - It's still pretty damp.”

English Lesson: I'll warn you - It's still pretty damp.

You and a friend are at a swimming pool. Your friend is about to get out of the pool, but he doesn't have a towel. You have one, but it's wet. You offer him the towel with this caveat.

I'll warn you - It's still pretty damp.

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pretty (adjective)

You use "pretty" before an adjective to show how much of that quality something has.

"Pretty ___" is somewhere between "kind of " and "really". It basically means "a little more than you expected". For example:

This soup is actually pretty good.

I think I have a pretty good shot at getting the job.

That song is pretty catchy.

I'll warn you - (sentence)

Use this phrase to let people know about a problem or weakness before they find it themselves. For example, if you're going to play on a softball team but you're not a good player, you can tell the other team members:

I'll warn you - I'm not very good.

You use this phrase so that people won't get disappointed or complain.

a damp towel

The word "damp" means "a little wet", but it's more specialized. It's only used with a few other words. Here are the main ones:

damp hair

damp air

a damp cloth

the ground is damp

"Damp" also sounds a little literary, so you're more likely to read this word in a book than to hear it in daily conversation.

(something) is still (happening)

Use "still" to talk about things that:

  • started in the past
  • are still going on
  • are continuing longer than you expected or hoped