- Special uses of some adverbs
‘Very’ is commonly used before an adjective or another adverb in the positive degree. It means ‘to a great extent’.
- She is very beautiful. (with adjective)
- It is very hot. (with adjective)
- He did it very nicely. (with adverb)
- She is very sweet. (with adjective)
- He wrote the letter very carefully. (with adverb)
‘Very’ can be used with a present participle (e.g. running, singing, reading, playing etc.) as an adjective.
- It was very amusing.
- When used with well very shows agreement or assent.
- Very well doctor, I will give up smoking.
‘Very’ can be used with a superlative or ‘own’. It means ‘in the highest degree’ or ‘absolutely’.
- She is the very best singer here.
- This tea is of the very best quality.
- Keep this present for your very own. (absolutely for your own use)
- ‘Very with much’
‘Very’ is often used before ‘much’.
Thank you very much.
‘Much’ is commonly used before an adjective or adverb in the comparative or superlative degree. Note that ‘very’ is used with an adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
- She is much taller than her brother.
- This is much better than that.
‘Much’ can be used before a past participle in the passive form. ‘Very’ is used before a present participle.
- I was much surprised to hear the news.
- I am much interested in this program.
Notes: ‘Very’ is also used before a few past participles.
- I am very tired.
- They were very pleased to meet us.