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  • My name is Alisha, and today I'm going to talk about the difference between "really" andvery.”

  • These are sometimes confused, or it's difficult to know when you should use really or when

  • you should use very.

  • So today I'm going to give a quick explanation that hopefully can help you decide when to

  • use really and when to use very.

  • So let's start!

  • Okay, first, there's one thing that's common, one thing that both of these do, really and

  • very are both used to add intensity or to add emphasis to what you're saying.

  • So both of them have the same effect.

  • Okay!

  • So, but let's start with really.

  • Really is used to modify, so, to add emphasis, to change verbs.

  • We also use really to modify adjectives and adverbs, so a few examples here, this sentence,

  • You're really funny.

  • So funny is an adjective, we use really before the adjective to modify, so this gives emphasis

  • to the word funny.

  • Then we have this word fast, this is an adverb, in this sentence, He runs really fast.

  • We add really to show he runs really fast and emphasizes the speed at which he runs.

  • Finally, I have the adjective tired, I'm really tired.

  • So we emphasize tired by placing really before the adjective.

  • So we can use really to modify verbs, and we can use it to modify adjectives.

  • Okay, we'll talk a little bit more about the verbs part a little bit later.

  • Okay, let's go on to very, though.

  • So very is used to modify adjectives and adverbs only, we cannot use very to modify verbs,

  • so please be careful.

  • You cannot use this with a verb, we'll see this in just a moment.

  • For me, however, a recommendation, I tend to use very more in negative sentences, I

  • don't use really so much when I'm making a negative statement.

  • So let's look at a few examples.

  • First, this sandwich is very good.

  • So good is my adjectives here, so I use very to modify it.

  • Yes, I can use really here as well.

  • This sandwich is really good is also a correct sentence.

  • The next one, you're not very funny.

  • so here's a negative that I was talking about.

  • Funny is the adjective in this sentence, and saying not very is a negative statement.

  • You can say, you're not really funny, but to me, it sounds a bit more natural to say,

  • you're not very funny.

  • Here's one more example, he doesn't run very fast.

  • So again, I have the adverb fast here with very, and my negative, so he doesn't run very

  • fast emphasizes that he is not a fast runner.

  • Okay, and finally, they're very rich.

  • This one uses an adjective rich, they're very rich.

  • We can say they're really rich, both are correct.

  • So let's take a look at some example sentences, and in particular, I want to point out a few

  • cases where we can use really with verbs as I talked about here.

  • So let's take a look, let's look at the first sentence.

  • The sentence here is, they_____ like vacationing in France.

  • So here I have the verb like, we know that really is only used to modify verbs, we cannot

  • use very to modify verbs, therefore the correct answer here is really.

  • They really like vacationing in France.

  • Ok, the next sentence.

  • My schedule is _____ busy.

  • We see that busy is an adjective.

  • My schedule is _____ busy.

  • So really and very are both correct.

  • I'm really busy.

  • I'm sorry.

  • My schedule is really busy, or my schedule is very busy.

  • Both of these are correct.

  • In the next sentence, That restaurant wasn't ______ good.

  • So I mentioned that this one, very, is something I tend to use more in negative patterns, so

  • here we have a negative, we have the negative "wasn't" in this sentence.

  • So, that restaurant wasn't very good sounds nice.

  • Okay, the next sentence, it's _____ rainy today.

  • So rainy, we have an adjective here, it's rainy, that means we can use really or very

  • also, it's a positive statement here.

  • Okay!

  • The next expression, your boss seems _______ angry with you again.

  • Here's an adjective, and the sentence, the statement is a positive statement, so again,

  • we can use either really or very.

  • Okay, let's go to the next one.

  • She ______ eats a lot.

  • Here we have the verb eats, She ______ eats; because it's a verb, we know we can only use

  • really in this situation.

  • So, she really eats a lot is the correct sentence here.

  • Okay, similar, we have, he _____ hates cats.

  • So hates is our verb here, again, the same rule applies, we can only use really with

  • verbs, so really is the correct answer.

  • He really hates cats.

  • Okay, one more.

  • I _____ hope we can take...

  • I'm sorry!

  • I _____ hope we can catch up soon!

  • So once more, our verb is hope, I hope.

  • We're emphasizing, I really hope.

  • So these three all have the same pattern, they're all modifying a verb here.

  • Okay!

  • Final one.

  • This is _____ easy.

  • So easy is an adjective, we can use really or very in this case.

  • This is really easy, or this is very easy, both are correct in this case.

  • Alright!

  • So that's a quick overview of when to use really and when to use very.

  • Please remember, you can only use really in front of a verb, and if you're making a negative

  • statement, try to use very instead of really, it'll sound a little bit more natural.

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