Really vs Very
What’s the difference between, “really” and “very”?
Really / Very + adjectives
Ex: The whipped cream on the pancakes was really tall.
Ex: Unfortunately, the restaurant was very expensive.
Really / Very + adverbs
Ex: You sing really well.
Ex: I think you sing very beautifully too.
Really + verbs
Ex: I really wanted to go to that party.
Ex: We really enjoyed the movie.
NOT: I very wanted to go to that party.
NOT: We very enjoyed the movie.
(The easy thing to remember: don’t use “very” with verbs.)
Take care when using “much”.
“Really” sometimes means that something is “true”.
O This coffee is really much better than that coffee. = truly / actually
O This coffee is very much better than that coffee. = a large amount
O I like these pancakes very much. = amount
X I like these pancakes really much. X
Really = surprise / assurance
A: I passed the test!
A: Really! I did it! I’m so happy.
Very + noun = actual / exact
Ex: That was the very day I joined the circus.
Ex: There is a big surprise at the very end of the movie.
Now it’s your turn!
1. I __________ don’t want to take this test.
2. Thank you __________ much.
3. Those pancakes look __________ good!
A: I just bought a dog!
B: __________! Wow!
5. I like his accent. I think he speaks __________ interestingly.
6. Can you __________ come to the party?
7. If you don’t come to the party I’m going to be __________ angry.
8. I just bought this book. I’m at the __________ beginning.
9. Steve __________ did it this time.
10. I am writing to say I __________ much appreciate all your help.
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