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    What does the sentense mean?

    The very idea that a man can even think of driving in such a state is really unthinkable.

    Q: Is the sentence correct logically? If so, what does it mean?

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    Re: What does the sentense mean?

    It means that the speaker can't understand how someone could drive when they are in a condition in which they should not. Drunk, for example.

    The possible results are so bad that the speaker doesn't want to think about them.


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    Re: What does the sentense mean?

    The sentence takes a rather sledgehammer approach to getting the message home. It would have been enough to write:

    The very idea that a man can even think of driving in such a state!
    'think' is stressed when speaking/reading the word.

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    Smile Re: What does the sentense mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by flowerseed View Post
    The very idea that a man can even think of driving in such a state is really unthinkable.

    Q: Is the sentence correct logically? If so, what does it mean?

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    Poor choice of wording. Both replies already given are quite sensible. The original writing might have done better with:

    "The very idea that someone would even think of driving while in such a state is truly unimaginable."


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    Re: What does the sentense mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedMtl View Post
    Poor choice of wording. Both replies already given are quite sensible. The original writing might have done better with:

    "The very idea that someone would even think of driving while in such a state is truly unimaginable."
    What did "very" here mean?
    Thank you

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    #6

    Re: What does the sentense mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by notatall View Post
    What did "very" here mean?
    Thank you
    very is used to add emphasis to the idea, very= exact


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    Re: What does the sentense mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    very is used to add emphasis to the idea, very= exact
    Most of time I use "very" as a adv to modify a adj. but I am having noticed it being used as a adj to modify a noun.
    thank you

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