Can the adjective afraid be modified by very, or it should be very much instead?
This site "English Grammar" say that 'Afraid' can be modified by ‘very much’. And it doesn't say anything about 'very afraid'. There is a question here on the 'English Stack Exchange' under the title "Differences between “very” and “very much” as adjective modifiers", in which the OP endorses the sentence "I am very much afraid that..." as fine, and he states that the sentence "I am very aware of..." as awkward. But unfortunately, no specific answer has been given there.
My question: Is 'very afraid' a correct usage? Or, Should it be 'very much' afraid?
"Some adjectives beginning with a- are used mainly after link verbs, especially be. Common examples: afloat, afraid, alight, alike, alive, alone, asleep, awake, etc". These adjectives cannot normally be used attributively.
If I say such adjectives cannot be modified by "very"; instead, we have to use "very much", am I correct?