the very worst film of the year.

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Can "very" describe a superlative adjective? To emphasize it?

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ex) That movie was the very worst film of the year.
 

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It might be illogical, but I would say that.

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Dictionary example sentences:

Those were her very words.
He might be phoning her at this very moment.
That's the very thing I need.

Can I say VERY is used to modify FILM only, regardless of WORST?
 

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Dictionary example sentences:

Those were her very words.
He might be phoning her at this very moment.
That's the very thing I need.
In the above examples, very is used with its adjectival meaning — 'actual'.

In the OP's question, it's an adverb.

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I don't think I have seen "very" describing superlatives, maybe the maker of the workbook made a mistake. "ever" is used to emphsize superlatives, isn't it?
 

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I don't think I have seen "very" describing superlatives, maybe the maker of the workbook made a mistake.
See post #2.
 
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