The word "very" is an intensifier used with adjectives to increase their meaning. It’s similar to the word "really."
The word "not" is often used before the word "very" when something is negative:
Sometimes the word "very" serves as an answer to a yes or no question formed with the verb "be":
Do not use the word "very" with a verb. I hear this all the time among my students, but they don’t realize they’re making a mistake. Instead of using "very" to intensify a verb, use the word "really."
This video explains some of the differences between "very" and "really":
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The page was first published on December 30, 2016.