- Jack is very tall and is a good basketball player. Jack is quite tall…
- I think Casablanca is a very interesting movie. Casablanca is quite interesting…
- It is very cool this morning, so please put on a jacket. It is quite cool…
Really is also used as an adverb to modify an adjective. The structure is really + adjective, and the meaning is the same as very:
- Jack is really tall and is a good basketball player. Jack is very tall…
- I think Casablanca is a really interesting movie. Casablanca is very interesting…
- It is really cool this morning, so please put on a jacket. It is very cool…
Really can also be used to modify a verb. The structure is really + verb. There are two possible meanings when using really + verb, so let’s look at them.
Really meaning “very.”
- Jack really likes to play basketball. Jack likes playing basketball very much.
- Jenny really knows a lot about jazz.
Really meaning “genuinely” or “truly”
- Hollywood really makes some interesting movies. Not, Hollywood very makes…
- Jack really is a nice guy. Everyone likes him.
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