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Very is another of those English words that seem to be easy, but which in fact can cause the learner difficulties. Certainly, there is no problem in understanding and using the word in sentences such as: It's very hot! She's a very clever student. I feel very happy. But there are many circumstances where very is not possible, and this is what makes the word tricky to use for the non-native speaker.

Quiz 1

Look at the following pairs of sentences and in each case, decide which one, if any, is problematic.  At the end of the exercise, you may find you have changed your mind about the simplicity of the common English word very!

Quiz 2

What is the meaning of very in the following sentences?

Answers 1

Answers 2

In these sentences very does not have its usual meaning of extremely.

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