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    #1

    so much vs. very

    I'd like to know which is more correct in the following sentence and why the other is not answerable.

    Q. He seemed ----- upset when he was questioned about his private family history.

    A. very
    B. so much

    As far as I know, "very" seems more appropriate, but Can't explain how inapproriate it is to put "so much".

    Please help me out ^^












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    #2

    Re: so much vs. very

    Quote Originally Posted by eClassic View Post
    I'd like to know which is more correct in the following sentence and why the other is not suitable.

    Q. He seemed ----- upset when he was questioned about his private family history.

    A. very
    B. so much

    As far as I know, "very" seems more appropriate, but can't explain how inappropriate it is to put "so much".

    Please help me out ^^ Unnecessary, and ^^ is not acceptable as an English punctuation mark.
    Welcome to the forums, eClassic.

    'Very' is just fine. 'So much' is used in different contexts.

    'He was upset — so much so that he burst into tears.'

    'He was not so much upset as devastated.'

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: so much vs. very

    Thank you so much.

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    #4

    Re: so much vs. very

    That's another appropriate use of 'so much', but whilst your thanks are appreciated, eClassic, you don't need to send them in a separate post.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


    Rover

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