I don't agree with Nigel D Turton.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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