[only before noun]
used to emphasize a noun
The very thought of drink made him feel sick.
’I can't do that!’ she gasped, appalled at the very idea.
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'<name-of-website> stems from the very idea to connect all people'Does the word 'very' add something useful here? or is it same as saying '<name-of-website> stems from the idea to connect all people'?
What does 'the very' mean here? Sometimes we see 'The very thought of talking to him makes me uneasy'. Is it different from 'The thought of talking to him makes me uneasy'?
"Often, ideas float around about how to connect people. Our website stems from this very idea of connecting all people." - This would make sense.
(Why connecting all people on one website is thought to be a possible or even a worthy goal eludes me though).
The 'writer' simply doesn't know how to use the phrase 'the very thought'. But Ray's first word - perhaps intentionally - seems to be what 'very' is supposed to mean here.
Actually, 'The very idea!" is an acceptable exclamation all on it's own.
teacher a not
Thank you all for your responses.
I also don't know why connecting all (such) people is thought to be possible or a worthy goal.