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    I have to correct the sentence 'George Clooney is very gorgeous'. I have corrected it to 'George Clooney is gorgeous' but i am not sure why 'very' should not be used. Please help.

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by vicky1978 View Post
    I have to correct the sentence 'George Clooney is very gorgeous'. I have corrected it to 'George Clooney is gorgeous' but i am not sure why 'very' should not be used. Please help.
    Gorgeous already means very beautiful, so many would say that it can't be graded again. That said, "very" can be used as an intensifier even when grading seems to be illogical. It is better without "very", but it is not really incorrect with it.


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    Re: help

    The same with wonderful, brilliant and the like.

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    Re: help

    I have a friend who always exclaims after a meal 'that was very delicious'. I often laugh at him for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    I have a friend who always exclaims after a meal 'that was very delicious'. I often laugh at him for that.
    Was haggis served? If so, I can understand the laugh.

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    Re: help

    You cant beat a nice bit of haggis

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    You cant beat a nice bit of haggis
    Most think you should beat it with a stick.

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    No, they have to be humanely killed

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    No, they have to be humanely killed

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