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In a reading comprehension exercise for my students there is a sentence: "What was it like to become famous with your very first novel?" Does it mean that the author wrote more than two books? ... I´ve read the answers on the related topic, but they didn´t help me in this particular case.

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    It in an emphasis. While "very first novel" means "first novel", the "very" emphasizes the "first". I have never heard something like "very second novel". But I have heard something like "very last novel". – GEdgar Jan 31 '15 at 21:34
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  • I´m sorry, I´m learning how it works here... – Michaela Pavlickova Feb 1 '15 at 14:11

Here "very" is used as an adverb. It's just for emphasis and doesn't suggest the author has written one, two or many novels.

very (adv) to a great degree —used to emphasize the exactness of a description Merriam-Webster

  • "the very same thing happened to me."
  • "He has damaged his very own car."

very (adv) - used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness.

  • "the very best thing"; "in the very same place" TFD

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