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    Default the very worst film of the year.

    Can "very" describe a superlative adjective? To emphasize it?

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    ex) That movie was the very worst film of the year.

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    Default Re: the very worst film of the year.

    It might be illogical, but I would say that.

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    Default Re: the very worst film of the year.

    Dictionary example sentences:

    Those were her very words.
    He might be phoning her at this very moment.
    That's the very thing I need.

    Can I say VERY is used to modify FILM only, regardless of WORST?

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    Default Re: the very worst film of the year.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Can I say VERY is used to modify FILM only, regardless of WORST?
    Not in the OP's sentence.

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    Default Re: the very worst film of the year.

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    Dictionary example sentences:

    Those were her very words.
    He might be phoning her at this very moment.
    That's the very thing I need.
    In the above examples, very is used with its adjectival meaning — 'actual'.

    In the OP's question, it's an adverb.

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    Default Re: the very worst film of the year.

    I don't think I have seen "very" describing superlatives, maybe the maker of the workbook made a mistake. "ever" is used to emphsize superlatives, isn't it?

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    Default Re: the very worst film of the year.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I don't think I have seen "very" describing superlatives, maybe the maker of the workbook made a mistake.
    See post #2.

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