Much vs. Very

In fact, 'much' and 'very' are the same in their meanings.

What Are Their Main Differences?

There are delicate differences between 'much' and 'very', but the main difference between them refers to their grammatical functions which we will discuss in the article.


Grammatical Functions

  • 'Much':

can be a determiner, an adverb and a pronoun.

  • 'Much':

as an adverb can be used before an adjective to modify it.

My sister's room is much bigger than mine.

as a pronoun is used without any nouns. However, what they refer to is obvious.

Alex didn't say much about his trip. → pronoun

as a determiner is used before a noun.

After much consideration, they have finally arrived at a decision. → determiner

  • 'Very':

can be an adverb, or an adjective.

  • 'Very':

as an adverb is used to emphasize an adjective, adverb or phrase.

The soccer player was very angry that he couldn't get the point. → determiner

as an adjective is used to emphasize that you are talking about one exact particular thing/person.

Those were his very words. → adjective

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