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    #1

    Exclamation 'Very' - Please help!!

    Hi everybody,

    I can see these ways of speaking:
    - I am very much like you!
    - At the very beginning, I love her eyes!
    - She is very beautiful!

    How can we clarify the meaning and usage of 'very' in those cases? I am here to wait for your help!


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    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    very :as an adjective, it is used to emphasize an extreme point in time or space
    "From the very beginning of the book..."
    "At the very back of the skull,..."

    - At the very beginning, I love her eyes!
    I think you mean, "Well, to start with, I love her eyes. And I love her smile. And I love the way her hair..."

    Otherwise,
    "At the very beginning of our relationship, I just loved her eyes. But the more I got to know her, the more I grew to love her as a person."

    I am very much like you!
    - She is very beautiful!

    This is using 'very' as an adverb, and emphases that she is not just beautiful, but beautiful to a high degree

    I am much like you : I am like you in certain ways, there are some essential similarities between us.
    One can say " I am much like you in that regard. I prefer spending my leisure time in quiet pursuits also."

    I am very much like you : I am like you in many many ways - I am like you to a high degree. We have a lot in common.
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Apr-2008 at 18:48.


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    #3

    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    It is so much understood to me! ( Am I right? )

    Thanks so much for your quick reply!


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    #4

    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    It is so much understood to me!

    Now I understand.
    or
    Now it's so much clearer to me!

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    #5

    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lanlethi2603 View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I can see these ways of speaking:
    - I am very much like you!
    - At the very beginning, I love her eyes!
    - She is very beautiful!

    How can we clarify the meaning and usage of 'very' in those cases? I am here to wait for your help!
    hi lanlethi2603

    Do you understand the difference between "I am very much like you!" and "I like you very much!"?


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    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    David L. 's answer helps me much with the difference between 'much like you' and 'very much like you' :)


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    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    yeah, Am I right that:

    - I like you very much!: my own good feelings to that person

    - I am very much like you! I have many things in common with you.

    ??

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    Re: 'Very' - Please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lanlethi2603 View Post
    yeah, Am I right that:

    - I like you very much!: my own good feelings to that person Yes, specifically you like them.

    - I am very much like you! I have many things in common with you. Yes, you and the other person have many similarities.

    ??
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