'Very' is one of those words that every professional English speaker must be familiar with. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.
'Very' as an Adverb
As stated above, 'very' can function as an adverb. Let us see what kind of an adverb it is, below:
'Very' as an Intensifier
'Very' as an intensifier mainly modifies adjectives, adverbs, etc., and emphasizes them to a higher degree. However, below we are going to learn all about its different meanings as an adverb:
- It means 'extremely':
I still cannot understand why she got
- When we want to emphasize that something was said/done before, it mainly comes before 'same':
This is exactly the
Am I the only one who thinks this is the
- When we want to emphasize something belongs to someone, we use it before 'own':
No one can stop me cause it's my
Stop it mom! It's his
- When we want to emphasize superlative adjectives, we use 'very' before them:
Here, 'least' is the superlative form of 'little'.
Position in a Sentence
Since 'very' is an adverb here, it mainly comes before adjectives, adverbs, or specific words like 'same', 'own', etc. Look below:
They told me the news and I got
Anna just said the
'Very' as an Adjective
'Very' can also come before nouns and function as adjectives. Below we are going to learn all about it:
'Very' as an Attributive Adjective
'Very' can modify nouns that come after them; so, they go under the name of 'attributive adjectives'. Look at the following list for more clarification:
- When we want to emphasize what we are saying:
So, you tell me this at this
As you can see, we have a noun after it.
A one-week break from everything is the
- When we want to emphasize the time or place of something/someone, we use it:
They kissed at the
Position in a Sentence
Attributive adjectives always come before the nouns they are modifying. So, 'very' always precedes the noun. Look at the following examples:
Being an extrovert is in your
Idioms and Expressions with 'Very'
We only have one idiom with 'very' and we are going to learn about it below:
- Before/in front of one's very eyes: When something happens in the presence of someone, we use it:
The students shouted at the manager
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