Very or really?

Dear members of MyEC.

 

We often use really and very to emphasize, to intensify our statements.

But, do we really use them always correctly?

Can we use and interchange "really" and "very" anytime we want?

 

Let's see!

 

1. Really and very, used as Adverbs.

 

1.1:     "Really" as an adverb is used to describe adjectives, verbs or other adverbs.

              E.g.: I really love my job. (really describes a verb)

                        This cake is really delicious. (really describes an adjective)

                        He sings really loudly. (really describes an adverb)

 

1.2.  "Very" as an adverb is used to describe adjectives or other adverbs. (But NOT verbs!)

            E.g.: This cake is very delicious. (adjective)

                      He sings very loudly. (adverb)

                      I very love my job. X This is wrong because "love" is a verb, and “verycan not be used to describe verbs!

 

 

2.     "Really" can be used as an Exclamation.

          We can use "really" to express interest, surprise, or doubt.

          E.g.: A says: "I am very good at playing the piano."

                    B says: " Really?"

 

        "Really" can also mean ‘actually’, ‘truly’ or ‘indeed.’

          E.g.: Really, this day was too tiring for me.

                    I enjoyed being with you, really.

 

3.     "Very" can be used as an Adjective in combination with nouns. Then it means actual,’ ‘precise’ or ‘exact.’

           E.g.: We did not have a good relationship at the very beginning.

                     At the very time, we did not have any children yet.

 

 

Let's practice!

 

Complete the following sentences with really, very,...or both.

 

1. I ................ enjoy learning a new language.

2. How nice is it to have a ................ good partner?

3. She is ................ good at reading.

4. I had to wait until the ................ end of the meeting.

5. I ................ want to learn to drive a car.

6. I ................ enjoy music events.

7. I don’t ................ like Horror movies so much.

8. I find some tasks ................ boring.

9. I sat with him at the ................ back of the bus.

10. I am ................ sorry for being late.

11. I’m busy at the moment. ................?

12. She ................ makes her work seem easy.

13. They made me feel at home from the ................ beginning.

14. I ................ love my family!

15. They ................ put a lot of effort into a new project.

16. They arrived at this ................ moment.

17. The admission fee was ................ high.

18. The salaries aren't ................ high at the ................. beginning of a new job.

19. There are not many women at the ................ top of the companies.

20. Make sure students follow the rules from the ................ beginning.

 

 

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Hello Ma’am,

    Thank you for the blog. And, here are my answers.

    Please check them out.

    1. I really enjoy learning a new language.
    2. How nice is it to have a very good partner?
    3. She is really/very good at reading.
    4. I had to wait until the very end of the meeting.
    5. I really want to learn to drive a car.
    6. I really enjoy music events.
    7. I don’t really like Horror movies so much.
    8. I find some tasks really/very boring.
    9. I sat with him at the very back of the bus.
    10. I am really/very sorry for being late.
    11. I’m busy at the moment. Really?
    12. She really makes her work seem easy.
    13. They made me feel at home from the very beginning.
    14. I really love my family!
    15. They really put a lot of effort into a new project.
    16. They arrived at this very moment.
    17. The admission fee was really/very high.
    18. The salaries aren't really/very high at the very beginning of a new job.
    19. There are not many women at the very top of the companies.
    20. Make sure students follow the rules from the very beginning.
    • Hi, Wolf.

      Seeing you here is very nice.
      Thanks a lot for taking part in this challenge.
      All your sentences are correct. You just have forgotten to mention one sentence, where we can use "really" as well as "very".

      Would you like to check it again? Thanks a lot.

       

       

    • Dear Ma'am,

      Thank you for the nice words.
      If you mean the following sentence, I must admit that this sentence was not 'just forgotten' [ You are so generous! :) ]. I was a bit doubtful then.

                    2. How nice is it to have a really/very good partner?

      And, thanks a lot. :)

    • Hi, Wolf.

      Now it's perfect!

      Thanks again. 

  • Rose, they say English and German languages are distant cousins  but how come?

  • as udual a very good work!

  • Really useful. Thanks!

    • It's my pleasure, Poeny. Thanks.

       

  • I wish i had a teacher of english in school as you are, Rose..

    such great explanatins.. tnx a lot

    • Oh, Bossona, that's a very nice compliment. Do you know? I'm just trying to explain things simply, and only things that I understand myself. Since my English is only self-taught, I have to make sure that I am not completely wrong if I post anything here on MyEC.

       

       

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