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    The very purpose of the jury system

    The very purpose of the jury system is to allow people to participate in the judicial process, not to inconvenience citizens.

    Would you please elaborate on this usage/meaning of "very" here?

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    Re: The very purpose of the jury system

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    From Longman dictionary:

    very [only before noun]
    used to emphasize that you are talking exactly about one particular thing or person:

    He died in this very room.
    I'll start at the very beginning.
    Those were his very words.
    You'd better start doing some work this very minute (=now, not later).
    That might provoke a riot, the very thing he was trying to avoid.
    The very fact that you are reading this book suggests you want to improve your fitness.
    By its very nature, capitalism involves exploitation of the worker.
    His life's work was being destroyed before his very eyes (=directly in front of him).
    the very thought/idea/mention (of something) (=just thinking about or suggesting something)
    The very thought of food made me feel ill.

    See: very - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

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    Re: The very purpose of the jury system

    Why not "most"?

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    Re: The very purpose of the jury system

    'Most' sometimes means 'very' but not here.

    'It was most kind of you to lend me the money.'

    In your original sentence, think of 'very' meaning 'actual'.

    'Here comes the very man I want to see.'

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    Re: The very purpose of the jury system

    As a side note, that's not at all the purpose of a jury system.

    "Hey, I bet people would like to be more involved in the judicial process. I know. Let's come up with a jury system, so the average citizen can be part of this whole thing." -- This did not happen.

    A jury ensures a person who is accused of a crime has a chance to have the evidence against him/her heard and evaluated by people more like him/her so they are not railroaded from arrest to prison.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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