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    Default the usage of very

    According to my observation, the traditional general rule is that we use "very much" or "much" instead of "very" before predicative adjectives beginning with a- such as alike, alive, afraid, ashamed, alone, awake, and asleep. However, nowadays it seems pretty common to say very alike, very afraid, very ashamed, but wide awake, and sound asleep. Language is quite arbitrary, isn't it? Please consult "Oxford Collocations Dictionary for students of English," Oxford University Press, 2009. Sincerely, Maoyueh

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    Default Re: the usage of very

    Sound asleep has been a common collocation for as long as I can remember, so it's not such a recent change, though I do agree that the very much is not as common as it was.

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    Default Re: the usage of very

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Language is quite arbitrary, isn't it?
    You're right there, and English probably more so than most!!

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