Friday, August 7, 2015

The Difference Between TOO & VERY


Remember that TOO implies excess, and something that (usually) is not good. Often students confuse TOO with superlatives (prettiest, most beautiful, hottest, fastest, etc.)

It sounds kind of strange to say:
Ex. "She's too beautiful".

One would say:
Ex.  "She's the most beautiful woman (I've ever seen)".

We often use the following construction with TOO:
Subject  + Verb TO BE + TOO + Adjective  + INFINITIVE (to+verb)

See the following examples:
1. She is too tired TO GO OUT tonight.
2. I'm too broke TO BUY Ray Ban sunglasses! (broke=no money)
3. They're too sunburnt (or sunburned) TO GO to the beach tomorrow.


VERY is similar to the adverb "so".  Both "so" and VERY  express "a lot".  VERY is an adverb because it compliments adjectives.

Ex.  She's very beautiful!
Ex.  She's very hardworking...  She works a lot!
Ex.  The trip was very/so exciting!


And finally, let's look at the difference between TOO and VERY in the following sentences:

Ex.  "I'm too tired to stay up." (I can't stay awake longer... I must sleep.)
        "I'm very tired tonight."  (Although I'm tired, I can stay up a little longer.)

Ex. "He's too frustrated to finish the project today." (He won't finish the project today.)
      "He's very frustrated with the project." (Despite being so frustrated, he may or may not finish.)

That's it!  Ciao for now.

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