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    • Join Date: Jul 2007
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    #1

    Superflous?

    Their attitude is so very English
    Just taken out an example from Oxford dictionary. If" so" here means "very", would that be superflous when we add very to too?
    (One more question, is my IF sentence above in the correct tense or not? And is my ellipsis above (just taken out) correct?)


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    #2

    Re: Superflous?

    It is an emphasiser: "Their attitude is [so] very English".

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    Re: Superflous?

    You can think of "so very" as a single word.
    It's a little more emphatic. Indicates that the speaker has strong feelings about what he's saying.
    regards
    baqarah


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    #4

    Re: Superflous?

    And how about "too" and" so"? Can we say:" He is too very British"?


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    #5

    Re: Superflous?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    And how about "too" and" so"? Can we say:" He is too very British"?
    You could say "He is too British".
    She is too aggressive.
    They are too unbelievable.
    The band were too wonderful.


    In all these, "too" is an emphasiser, indicating "more than".


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    #6

    Re: Superflous?

    No, He is too very British

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    Re: Superflous?

    In standard English, "too" indicates a problem: too hot, too noisy, too old, too expensive, too dirty, etc.
    In modern, fairly recent slang, "too" can mean "very", as in the example given on this thread, "too wonderful."
    I hope this is not too confusing.

    baqarah


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    #8

    Re: Superflous?

    So can too and very go together like so and very?


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    #9

    Re: Superflous?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So can too and very go together like so and very?
    No.


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    #10

    Re: Superflous?

    So, how's that? Because so also means very, so why can't too goes together with very?

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