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    Which of the following has the strongest meaning?

    Hello,

    I am writing a letter and I have trouble with choosing proper words in order to fully express my desired meaning. And here are the following :

    I will be much very honored. (1)
    I will be very much honored. (2)
    I will be honored very very much. (3)
    I'm not sure if the first and the second version are grammatically correct, but could you please recommend one? I really want to give the person some noticeable impression with my words.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Which of the following has the strongest meaning?

    1 is incorrect. 3 needs a comma between the "very"s. I prefer 2 to 3.

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    Re: Which of the following has the strongest meaning?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Megafunc:

    This is how I understand the matter.

    1. Maybe it would be very natural to say something like: "I would be very honored to be your candidate for president."

    2. I have heard that, grammatically speaking, it should be "I would be very much honored to be ...."

    a. The explanation is the following.

    i. "honored" is technically not an adjective. It is a verbal form.
    ii. So we need "much" (an adverb) to modify the verbal form "honored."
    iii. Then the adverb "very" modifies the adverb "much."


    Credit for this information goes to Dr. George Oliver Curme in his 1931 masterpiece A Grammar of the English Language. (Even in 1931, Dr. Curme realized that many native speakers in the United States were already dropping the "much." They simply decided to consider certain verbal forms as adjectives.)

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    Re: Which of the following has the strongest meaning?

    "Honored" is a verbal functioning as an adjective. The adverb is not needed. Even if it is used, it is an adverb modifying an adjective.

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