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    • Join Date: May 2008
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    very vs really

    When do we use "very" and "really"? Are there any diffences between them?

    Thank you.

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    Re: very vs really

    'really' vis a' vis 'very' is the very colloquial way of saying just that, 'very', but also with added emphasis. So, some 14 year old girl talking to her girlfriend might be telling her about this new boy at school who is 'really dreamy'

    For someone older to say, "He's very good looking" is rather a statement of fact. To say, "He's really good looking", then the listener understands he is very very good looking!
    Never use 'really' for 'very' in formal conversation or writing. (Leave exceptions to this until you're acculturated and now the right moment!.)

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    Re: very vs really

    David, but not as good looking as "totally"!

    He is totally hot!
    He is really hot.
    He is very good looking.

    (Which one would you be working the hardest to keep away from your daughter? )


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