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    Idiomatic or unidiomatic?

    I would like to know which one(s) of the following sentences is/are idiomatic and which unidiomatic:

    He did not seem very much interested in the subject.
    He did not seem very interested in the subject.
    She was too much/too greatly discouraged by this failure to try again.
    She was too discouraged by this failure to try again.
    I was very much pleased.
    I was very pleased.
    I was very greatly distressed.
    I was very distressed.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Idiomatic or unidiomatic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    I would like to know which one(s) of the following sentences is/are idiomatic and which unidiomatic:

    He did not seem very much interested in the subject.
    He did not seem very interested in the subject.
    She was too much/too greatly discouraged by this failure to try again.
    She was too discouraged by this failure to try again.
    I was very much pleased.
    I was very pleased.
    I was very greatly distressed.
    I was very distressed.

    Thanks for your help.
    Hi Deepurple,

    Each of your example sentences, given the right context, is idiomatic. Please note that a phrase such as "very greatly" is redundant, and, while sometimes used colloquially in speech, such phrases are better avoided in writing. In your sentence that uses "very greatly" for example, it would be better to use just one word, e.g., extremely or severely, to express the utmost intensity.
    Last edited by Monticello; 24-Apr-2009 at 11:07.

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    Re: Idiomatic or unidiomatic?

    I agree with Monticello, though I feel "She was too much discouraged by this failure to try again" is a little less idiomatic than the others there.

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