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What is the difference between 'extremely good' and 'very great'?
Isn't something that is 'very good' called 'great'?
This is how the adjective 'fabulous' is defined in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:
a fabulous performance
Jana is a fabulous cook.
The food looks fabulous.
I agree that "very good" and "very great" are often used to mean the same thing - but not always.
Take the dictionary example:
In 1 (informal), "extremely good" refers to the quality of the performance/cooking/look of the food.
Whereas, in 2 (informal), "very great" refers to the quantity, extent or degree of the wealth/riches/beauty.
A very great [ie extensive] famine would not be an extremely good [ie welcome/positive] thing, would it?
I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....
We have no shortage of words. Something could be great or fabulous or excellent or awesome or fantastic.Isn't something that is 'very good' called 'great'?