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How often have you heard a native speaker say "very much true"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzMx1Oo7hvg&t=0m18s

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    Redundant but unfortunately very much in use by native speakers. – SEL May 2 '14 at 13:38
  • You mean, it's one of the common errors made by native speakers? – Runglish May 2 '14 at 13:45
  • I wouldn't call it an error. But qualifiers such as "very," "quite", and "sort of" are just clutter, as Zinsser would say. – SEL May 2 '14 at 13:47
  • Not necessarily an error or clutter - it's a way of intensifying the quality: true < very true < very much true, similar to noisy < quite noisy < really noisy < really quite noisy. – jimsug May 2 '14 at 15:02
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    Runglish: no, "redundancy" does not mean "error". These are two completely different words that mean two completely different things. But it is not even necessarily redundant in the first place. – RegDwigнt May 2 '14 at 22:36
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Grammatically, it is perfectly valid to say something is "very much xxx", where xxx is an adjective.

Semantically, it is a superlative - intepretation depends on what the proposition is that the statement "it is very much true" is referring to.

Some propositions are either true or false - e.g. today is Saturday - there's not much room for this to be only "partly" true, so equally it wouldn't make sense to say it is "very much true".

There are, however, plenty of propositions which may legitimately be argued to be only partly true - e.g. it is a cold day today - the truth or falseness of this statement depend partly on the actual weather, and partly on the perceptions of those complaining about it.

An Alaskan might say "false, it's not cold today", to which a Floridian might respond, "what? no! it's very much true!"

  • Do you seriously believe that, grammatically, is it really perfectly correct to say "very much tall" or "very much beautiful"? :-) Nevertheless, we have "very much the same". Have you watched the video the link to which I posted above? – Runglish May 3 '14 at 5:19
  • Yes, I watched it. – Jeffrey Kemp May 3 '14 at 5:53

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