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Questions tagged [so-vs-very]

Questions asking about the difference between ‘so’ and ‘very’ as intensifiers.

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How to explain to an ESL student the use and grammar behind 'very' and 'really'

I was just correcting an Italki student's short article; Chinese speakers often use 'very' when we require 'really', and it was very/really difficult to explain why. It seems 'really' can also modify/...
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Why can I say,'Why do you like her so much?' but not, 'Why do you like her very much?'

Why can I say,'Why do you like her so much?' but not, 'Why do you like her very much?' My answer is: 'Why' is evaluative and forces you to make (or consider) a comparison. Very cannot be used in ...
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Can “so” and “very” be used together?

Is it correct to use so and very together in a single sentence? For example: You are so very funny. Is it grammatically correct or not?
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“So much”, “too much”, “a lot” and “very much”

Are the following sentences correct? Do they all mean the same thing? She talks so much. She talks too much. She talks a lot. She talks very much.
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Is “so” more feminine than “very”?

Many Japanese textbooks of English mention the "feminine 'so'": the use of "so" for "very" is more typical of a feminine speaker. I don't think this is true in the US (I learned English living in ...
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In what situation would you use 'so' instead of very?

In what situation would you use 'so' instead of very? For example, I'm very sorry. I'm so sorry. (When you apologize to someone) Does 'so' sound natural in the context? Is he an old man? Yes, he is ...
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Difference between “so”, “very”, “extremely” and “really”

What is the difference between so, very, extremely and really? For example, We're so/very/extremely/really glad you could come!