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    The usage of word Absolutely

    Hello teachers,

    A car can be absolutely useful when you are in a hurry. (incorrect)
    A car can be very useful when you are in a hurry. (correct)
    We use absolutely before adjectives which already contain “very” as part of their meaning: “absolutely awful” (awful=very bad), “absolutely fascinating” (fascinating=very interesting).

    Source: ABC of Common Grammatical Errors by Nigel D Turton.

    In spite of these explanations, it’s very hard to recognize whether an adjective contains Very to have Absolutely or not. Look at these sentences taken from Longman Dictionary:
    1. He made his reasons for resigning absolutely clear. (does the word Clear really contain Very?)
    2. Are you absolutely sure? (does the word Sure really contain Very?)
    3. This cake is absolutely delicious. (does the word Delicious really contain Very?)

    Now you see what makes me confused? This makes me confused that: It’s very difficult to recognize if an adjective contains Very in itself to have Absolutely. Do you have any better idea about the usage of Absolutely?
    (it’s very hard to me to recognize it)

    Many thanks in advance.
    I searched it on the forum but it didn’t help me.

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    A car can be absolutely useful when you are in a hurry. (incorrect)
    A car can be very useful when you are in a hurry. (correct)
    We use absolutely before adjectives which already contain “very” as part of their meaning: “absolutely awful” (awful=very bad), “absolutely fascinating” (fascinating=very interesting).

    Source: ABC of Common Grammatical Errors by Nigel D Turton.

    In spite of these explanations, it’s very hard to recognize whether an adjective contains Very to have Absolutely or not. Look at these sentences taken from Longman Dictionary:
    1. He made his reasons for resigning absolutely clear. (does the word Clear really contain Very?)
    2. Are you absolutely sure? (does the word Sure really contain Very?)
    3. This cake is absolutely delicious. (does the word Delicious really contain Very?)

    Now you see what makes me confused? This makes me confused that: It’s very difficult to recognize if an adjective contains Very in itself to have Absolutely. Do you have any better idea about the usage of Absolutely?
    (it’s very hard to me to recognize it)

    Many thanks in advance.
    I searched it on the forum but it didn’t help me.
    I don't agree with Nigel D Turton.

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    So, can we use Very instead of absolutely for Clear and Sure?

    For example: Veru clear or Very sure.

    Can we?

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't agree with Nigel D Turton.
    I don't agree, either, but I can't as yet think of a convincing way to explain when we can use 'absolutely'.

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't agree with Nigel D Turton.
    I don't either. I have no idea where some of these "rules" come from.

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    So, can we use Very instead of absolutely for Clear and Sure?

    For example: Veru clear or Very sure.

    Can we?

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

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    So, can we use Very instead of absolutely for Clear and Sure?
    Yes

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Yes
    No we can't. I disagree with you. I searched it on Google now.
    These are Non Gradable adjectives: alive, awful, black, boiling, certain, correct, dead, domestic, enormous, environmental, excellent, freezing, furious, gigantic, huge, immediately, impossible, miniscule, mortal, overjoyed, perfect, pregnant, principal, ridiculous, superb, terrible, terrified, unique, unknown, white, whole , delicious , terrifying , fantastic , freezing , amazing ,fascinated , impossible , chemical , married , wooden , pregnant , English , useless , green , unclear , digital , ancient , brilliant , deafening , disgusting , exhausted , fascinating , filthy , furious , gorgeous , starving , tiny , final , unique , supreme , sure

    Isn't it really funny to say (Very sure)? For example: I am very sure about that. (sure it's incorrect)
    Instead we can say: I am absolutely sure about that.

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    I can't think of any better idea about the usage of absolutely but I'll try to define the words in your examples using very.

    1. He made his reasons for resigning absolutely clear. (does the word Clear really contain Very?) ||| clear = very obvious
    2. Are you absolutely sure? (does the word Sure really contain Very?) ||| sure = very confident
    3. This cake is absolutely delicious. (does the word Delicious really contain Very?) ||| delicious = very tasty


    Cheers;

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    Re: The usage of word Absolutely

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    No we can't. I disagree with you.
    Fine. I'll just leave you with the thought that we native speakers can happily use 'very' alive, black, certain, dead, pregnant, white, wooden, English, green, unclear, tiny, sure, and probably some of the others in certain contexts.
    Isn't it really funny to say (Very sure)? For example: I am very sure about that. (sure it's incorrect)
    I am very sure it's possible - and there are 189 citations for 'very sure' in COCA, as well as 91 in the BNC

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