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    the usage of very

    Is it acceptable to say "The twins are very alike" or "The injured soldier was still very alive?" Thank you so much. Sincerely, Maoyueh

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    Re: the usage of very

    Not usually.

    We say 'very much alike', 'very much alive' etc.

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    Re: the usage of very

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Not usually.

    We say 'very much alike', 'very much alive' etc.

    Rover
    Could you please me tell a kind of general rule to know when using "very much adj" and when using "very adj"?
    For example, "She is very beautiful" can we say "She is very much beautiful"?
    If we can, does the latter emphasize stronger on the meaning than the former?
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: the usage of very

    Some authorities suggest something like the following:

    very:
    before adjectives, including past partciples and adverbs, but not comparatives; very beautiful, very worried, very well, very prettier;


    very much:
    before comparatives: very much prettier than
    with past participles used in perfect and passive constructions:
    I have looked forward very much to...
    Student numbers have been very much affected by...

    as an adverb on its own: I enjoyed the book very much.

    However, it appears that many people do not always follow the 'rules'

    I am fairly sure that I would say, "I was very worried by his behaviour."

    Unlike Rover, I could say, "The twins are very alike", but I could not omit much in "I treat them very much alike".

    I agree with Rover's view on alive. I think this may be because alive has the 'verb-like' feeling of 'living'.

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