Learn English Vocabulary – Very vs. Really

Michael Vocabulary 2 Comments

Very is used as an adverb to modify an adjective. The structure is very + adjective, and the meaning is the same as quite:

  • 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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